Overview

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.

http://www.bls.gov/cps/home.htm

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Field Descriptions

Key List of... Comment Example Value
Black or African American.Employment-Population Ratio.All Real number 51.4
Black or African American.Employment-Population Ratio.Men Real number 69.3
Black or African American.Employment-Population Ratio.Women Real number 45.9
Black or African American.Participation Rate.All Real number 58.1
Black or African American.Participation Rate.Men Real number 76.2
Black or African American.Participation Rate.Women Real number 50.9
Black or African American.Unemployment Rate.All Real number 11.6
Black or African American.Unemployment Rate.Men Real number 9.0
Black or African American.Unemployment Rate.Women Real number 9.8
Civilian Labor Force.Asian.Counts Integer number 0
Civilian Labor Force.Black or African American.Counts.All Real number 8334.0
Civilian Labor Force.Black or African American.Counts.Men Real number 4180.0
Civilian Labor Force.Black or African American.Counts.Women Real number 3498.0
Civilian Labor Force.White.Counts.All Real number 75608.0
Civilian Labor Force.White.Counts.Men Real number 43514.0
Civilian Labor Force.White.Counts.Women Real number 25728.0
Civilian Noninstitutional Population.Asian Integer number 0
Civilian Noninstitutional Population.Black or African American Real number 14332.0
Civilian Noninstitutional Population.White Real number 126749.0
Employed.Asian.Counts Integer number 0
Employed.Asian.Unemployment Rate Integer number 0
Employed.Black or African American.Counts.All Real number 7367.0
Employed.Black or African American.Counts.Men Real number 3802.0
Employed.Black or African American.Counts.Women Real number 3156.0
Employed.White.Counts.All Real number 71169.0
Employed.White.Counts.Men Real number 41418.0
Employed.White.Counts.Women Real number 24403.0
Month Integer number 1
Month Name String "January"
Not In Labor Force.Asian Integer number 0
Not In Labor Force.Black or African American Real number 5998.0
Not In Labor Force.White Integer number 0
Participation Rate Integer number 0
Unemployed.Asian.Counts Integer number 0
Unemployed.Asian.Unemployment Rate Integer number 0
Unemployed.Black or African American.Counts.All Real number 967.0
Unemployed.Black or African American.Counts.Men Real number 378.0
Unemployed.Black or African American.Counts.Women Real number 343.0
Unemployed.White.Counts.All Real number 4439.0
Unemployed.White.Counts.Men Real number 2096.0
Unemployed.White.Counts.Women Real number 1325.0
White.Employment-Population Ratio.All Real number 56.1
White.Employment-Population Ratio.Men Real number 77.7
White.Employment-Population Ratio.Women Real number 40.5
White.Participation Rate.All Real number 59.7
White.Participation Rate.Men Real number 81.7
White.Participation Rate.Women Real number 42.7
White.Unemployment Rate.All Real number 5.9
White.Unemployment Rate.Men Real number 4.8
White.Unemployment Rate.Women Real number 5.1
Year Integer number 1972