Consumer Expenditure Survey

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The CE is important because it is the only Federal survey to provide information on the complete range of consumers' expenditures and incomes, as well as the characteristics of those consumers. It is used by economic policymakers examining the impact of policy changes on economic groups, by the Census Bureau as the source of thresholds for the Supplemental Poverty Measure, by businesses and academic researchers studying consumers' spending habits and trends, by other Federal agencies, and, perhaps most importantly, to regularly revise the Consumer Price Index market basket of goods and services and their relative importance.

The most recent data tables are for July 2012 through June 2013, and were made available on May 23, 2014. See Featured CE Tables and Economic News Releases sections on the CE home page for current data tables and news release.

The 2012 public-use microdata is the most recent and was released on September 10, 2013.

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Next Release: September 9, 2014

Annual 2013 CE tabular data and free downloadable public-use microdata (PUMD) are scheduled to be released on September 9, 2014.

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Expenditures for July 2012-June 2013 are 1.5% higher than the 2011-2012 midyear average

05/23/2014

Average expenditures per household for July 2012 through June 2013 were 1.5 percent higher than the July 2011 through June 2012 midyear average. Average incomes were essentially unchanged, showing a slight drop of 0.2 percent.
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July 2012 through June 2013

CURRENT COMBINED EXPENDITURE, SHARE, AND STANDARD ERROR TABLES

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2012

CURRENT COMBINED EXPENDITURE, SHARE, AND STANDARD ERROR TABLES

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CURRENT AGGREGATE EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

Previous Years: 1989 to 2012 »

EXPENDITURE TABLES

The separate expenditure table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Previous tables from 1972-73, and 1984 through 2011 are available at expenditure tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 1972-73, 1984 to 2011 »

EXPENDITURE SHARES TABLES

The separate expenditure shares table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Previous tables from 1989 through 2011 are available at expenditure shares tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 1989 to 2011 »

STANDARD ERROR TABLES

The separate standard error table format has been discontinued with the release of the 2012 data. Discontinued tables from 2000 through 2011 are available at standard error tables.
These separate data tables have been replaced by the combined expenditure, share, and standard error tables. The new table includes expenditure means, shares, and standard error data organized by various demographic characteristics.

Previous Years: 2000 to 2011 »

2006 to 2012

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Previous Years: 1984 to 2012 »

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CE Frequently Asked Questions

People Are Asking...

  1. Does BLS have information about household spending on cell phone services?
  2. What is the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey Annual Report?
  3. Does the CE have a glossary with definitions of survey terms, as well as descriptions of the types of items in the components of expenditures and income?
  4. How do I contact the CE group?
  5. Are CE standard error tables available?
  6. How do you use the standard errors in the CE?
  7. How does income imputation affect CE publications?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Consumer Expenditure Survey?
  2. How is the Consumer Expenditure Survey used?
  3. What is a consumer unit?
  4. Who is the reference person?
  5. What types of data are available and in what form?
  6. What geographic areas are covered?
  7. Is income information available from other sources?
  8. Does the Consumer Expenditure Survey include information on assets and liabilities?
  9. Are historical data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey available?
  10. How are the Consumer Expenditure Survey data collected?

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As part of ongoing outreach efforts, CE staff attend conferences outside the Washington, DC area when circumstances permit. You may be interested in attending their presentations, or in arranging for a CE staff member to visit your organization. To see a list of upcoming or past events, click on the links below.

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Methods of Contact

The economists and administrative personnel of the Consumer Expenditure Survey staff are available Monday through Friday to respond to inquiries. Please use any of the methods below to contact the CE National Office. Inquiries should include your name, and phone number, fax number, mailing address, or e-mail address, along with a brief message.

Telephone
(202) 691-6900

Incoming calls are connected to the office's voice mail and answered promptly.

FAX
(202) 691-7006

Mail
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Expenditure Surveys — Branch of Information and Analysis
Postal Square Building, Room 3985
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20212-0001

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