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A Joint Effort Between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau

The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS is the source of numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and provides data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. The CPS also collects extensive demographic data that complement and enhance our understanding of labor market conditions in the nation overall, among many different population groups, in the states and in substate areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Current Population Survey (CPS) |  Last Revised: 2012-06-08T08:39:58.704-04:00