Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics.

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Employment Situation

September 05, 2014
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care. More...
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Worker Displacement: 2011-2013

August 26, 2014
From January 2011 through December 2013, 4.3 million workers were displaced from jobs they had held for at least 3 years. In January 2014, 61 percent of workers displaced from 2011-13 were reemployed.
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Employment Situation of Veterans - 2013

March 20, 2014
The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001--a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans--edged down to 9.0 percent in 2013.
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Historical 'A' Tables (Household data): Previous years and months
Employment Situation News Release (monthly)
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Historical 'B' Tables (Establishment data): Previous years and months
Employment Situation News Release (monthly)
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Union Affiliation Tables: Previous years
Union Members News Release (annual)
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  1. Where can I find the unemployment rate for previous years?
  2. How is the unemployment rate related to unemployment insurance claims?
  3. What is seasonal adjustment?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does the Government collect statistics on the unemployed?
  2. Where do the statistics come from?
  3. What are the basic concepts of employment and unemployment?
  4. Who is counted as employed?
  5. Who is counted as unemployed?

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State, city, and county labor force data

Labor force information for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities are available separately from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Contact LAUS by e-mail or call (202) 691-6392.



National labor force data

CPS economists are available to assist you Monday through Friday (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time), excluding federal holidays.

For assistance with these special topics:

Written inquiries may be directed to:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Labor Force Statistics
Suite 4675
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001



The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide information about unemployment insurance (UI)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide information about income and poverty

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