The Current Population Survey (CPS), sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. Examples of labor statistics covered by the CPS include personal income, family income, household income, and health insurance coverage.
More information about the CPS (found here):
"In addition to being the primary source of monthly labor force statistics, the CPS is used to collect data for a variety of other studies that keep the nation informed of the economic and social well-being of its people. This is done by adding a set of supplemental questions to the monthly basic CPS questions. Supplemental inquiries vary month to month and cover a wide variety of topics such as child support, volunteerism, health insurance coverage, and school enrollment."
About the methodology of the CPS (learn more here):
"The CPS is administered by the Census Bureau using a probability selected sample of about 60,000 occupied households."
"The CPS questionnaire is a completely computerized document that is administered by Census Bureau field representatives across the country through both personal and telephone interviews."
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