BLS Information

Discontinuation of Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Data

  1. Why did BLS add questions about Hurricane Katrina evacuees to the Current Population Survey (CPS)?

    Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast in late August 2005. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau realized that the CPS—a large, well-designed, monthly household survey—could provide timely and useful information about some people affected by this major natural disaster. The questions to identify evacuees were first asked in the CPS in October 2005—only about a month and a half after the storm—and the first results were published in early November. Since that time, the estimates of the employment status of Katrina evacuees have been published monthly in the Employment Situation news release and made available on the BLS website.

  2. Why is the BLS discontinuing the collection of Hurricane Katrina evacuee data in October 2006?

    Asking these questions in the CPS is not a good method for studying the population of Katrina evacuees over the long term:

  3. Does BLS have any other plans to gather additional information about Hurricane Katrina evacuees?

    At this time, BLS does not have plans to conduct additional surveys of Hurricane Katrina evacuees through the CPS. BLS will continue to publish monthly employment and unemployment data from its other programs for the states and local areas affected by the storm. The most recent news release for regions and states can be found at The most recent news release for metropolitan areas is available at

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Last Modified Date: November 03, 2006