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2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available, including the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) Tables.

graphical representation of a community with work highlighted

We ask questions about how many weeks a person worked in the last year, and how many hours he or she worked each week to produce statistics about full-time and part-time workers, as well as year-round and seasonal workers.
Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use work status data to plan and fund government programs that provide unemployment assistance and services, and to understand trends and differences in wages, benefits, work hours, and seasonal work. These data also help evaluate other government programs and policies to ensure fair and equitable distribution of services for all groups, and to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination in society.

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask two questions about how many weeks a person worked in the last year, and how many hours he or she worked each week to help federal agencies understand trends and differences in wages, benefits, work hours, and seasonal work.

Results from these questions

We compile the results from these questions to provide communities with important statistics about work. You can see some of these published statistics here for the nation, states, and your community.

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Work status last year data help communities:

Infographic: Workers Aged 16 to 24

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Image showing the rate of full time work for 16 to 24 year olds

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year]


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