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Total nonresponse is defined as the number of noninterviews among all eligible households. Nonresponse historically has been highest in March, coinciding with the administration of the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). The rates for the two largest categories of nonresponse, refusals and noncontacts ("temporarily absent" and "no one home"), also are given.

CPS Nonresponse Rates

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Nonresponse is less of a problem in CPS than in many other surveys. Nevertheless, even small levels of nonresponse could have an effect on estimates, such as the unemployment rate, which is measured in tenths of a percentage point. Nonresponse is constantly monitored, both for basic CPS and the monthly supplements. Methods for reducing nonresponse are investigated and implemented on an ongoing basis. This graph provides the nonresponse rates for basic CPS over the last twelve months.

Basic CPS Householder Nonresponse by Month-in-Sample

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