American Community Survey

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Employment Status

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Questions as they appear on the form

We ask five questions about work to create a profile of the nation’s labor force.

Results from these questions

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Employment status data help communities:

Infographic: Women at Work

Women at Work

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year]

History of employment status questions

Labor force status questions originated with the 1890 Census. It was transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form.

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