St. Louis Fed | Economic Research | FRED® | GeoFRED® | ALFRED® | CASSIDI® | FRASER® | Page One Economics | APIs | Fed System
ALFRED: Archival Federal Reserve Economic Data, Economic Data Time Travel from the St. Louis Fed
Categories | Sources | Releases | News | API | Published Data Lists | Help

Home > Categories > Population, Employment, & Labor Markets > Current Population Survey (Household Survey)

Current Population Survey (Household Survey)

The Current Population Survey (Household Survey) is a monthly survey of households conducted by 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.
Numerous conceptual and methodological differences between the current population (household) and establishment surveys result in important distinctions in the employment estimates derived from the surveys. Among these are:
The household survey includes agricultural workers, the self- employed, unpaid family workers, and private household workers among the employed. These groups are excluded from the establishment survey.
The household survey includes people on unpaid leave among the employed. The establishment survey does not.
The household survey is limited to workers 16 years of age and older. The establishment survey is not limited by age.
The household survey has no duplication of individuals, because individuals are counted only once, even if they hold more than one job. In the establishment survey, employees working at more than one job and thus appearing on more than one payroll are counted separately for each appearance.

For more information, visit


Civilian Labor Force (684)
Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate (62)
Employment (2,338)
Employment Population Ratio (75)
Unemployment Level (745)
              Unemployment Rate (814)
Not in Labor Force (59)
Labor Force Participation Rate (18)
Multiple Jobholders (20)
Duration of Unemployment (18)
              Losers and Leavers (8)
Earnings (3,324)
Entrants and Reentrants (4)
Labor Force Status Flows (90)

* Note that the number of series revisions in a category and its subcategories is shown above in parentheses. Here, series revisions are defined as distinct series plus any real-time changes to series attributes: title, frequency, units, seasonal adjustment, and notes. Revisions to data values are not included in counts.

Privacy Policy | Legal Notices, Information and Disclaimers | Contact Us | Help
© 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis