Contact: ATLANTA REGIONAL OFFICE
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Mr. George Grandy Jr., Director
101 Marietta St., NW, Ste 3200
Atlanta, GA 30303-2700
ATLANTA -- Beginning Feb. 17, nearly 2,000 Census Bureau field representatives will interview about 100,000 households across the nation for the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS).
Interviews for the CPS-ASEC, co-sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, will take place during the weeks of Feb. 17, March 16 and April 13.
Before the survey, households selected in the nationwide sample will receive an informational letter from the Census Bureau director. Some participants are interviewed by telephone, and others are interviewed in person by field representatives who carry official identification.
Every month, Census Bureau field representatives ask selected households questions relevant to the U.S. labor force, such as their employment status, hours worked, earnings, age, sex, race, marital status, educational attainment, occupation and industry. From these answers come estimates of the unemployment rate released monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Results from the CPS-ASEC collected in February through April of each year also enable the following high-profile indicators to be updated annually by the Census Bureau: median household income, official poverty rate and percentage of people without health insurance coverage.
"The monthly CPS is the primary source of information for state and local governments, and businesses regarding the country's labor force," said George Grandy Jr., director of the Census Bureau's Atlanta regional office. "The ASEC collects a wide range of socioeconomic characteristics data as part of the annual CPS program."
The Census Bureau's monthly Current Population Survey -- which dates from 1942 -- is the longest-running household survey in the country. More information about this survey can be found at <http://www.census.gov/cps>.