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About Industry & Occupation

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The U.S. Census Bureau currently collects data on industry, occupation, and class of worker for Americans in the labor force on several surveys. The American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) are the largest ones. In addition, industry and occupation data are collected on a number of other surveys conducted on behalf of external sponsors. These data cover the type of business conducted by a person’s employer, the ownership of that business, and the specific kind of work that that person performs. Prior to the 2010 Census, data on industry, occupation, and class of worker were also collected on the decennial long-form.

The Census Bureau currently collects data on the industry, occupation, and class of worker for American workers. These data are derived from questions on several national surveys, and formerly on the decennial census long form. To learn more about our measures and surveys, follow the links at left.

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