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LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS


The Current Population Survey (CPS) is monthly national survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, and persons not in the labor force. The CPS is the basis for calculating the national unemployment rate.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the nation’s leading fact-finding agency in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Each state’s Labor Market Information Center partners with BLS to produce local labor market information including labor force and unemployment statistics.