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About Labor Force Statistics

Labor force statistics produced by the Census Bureau provide imporant information about the state of the nation's workforce. The Decennial Census has collected data on employment characteristics since 1880, which allows us to measure how our labor force has changed over almost a century. With the Census long form being replaced by the American Community Survey (ACS) in 2005, we are able to measure changes in employment rates and unemployment rates at the national, state, and many times county or city level every year. We can also look at these statistics by age, race, gender, household composition, and a multitude of other demographic factors. This can help us identify the impacts of policy and which groups are likely to be affected by policy changes. The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) surveys fewer respondents, but follows these same people over time for a period of 3-4 years to paint a more complete picture of a sampled household over time. Labor force statistics in the SIPP can tell us about how long individuals are unemployed, and allows us to analyze the dynamics of the workforce as people move in and out of the labor force and begin and end jobs.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Labor Force Statistics |  Last Revised: 2013-02-11T13:06:41.241-05:00