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Census Bureau to Update Employment Numbers


ATLANTA — During the week of Oct. 14, 2007, nearly 2,000 Census Bureau field representatives will interview about 72,000 households across the nation for the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS).

The CPS is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.

Before the survey, households selected in the nationwide sample will receive an informational letter from Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon. Some participants are interviewed by telephone and others are interviewed in person by field representatives who carry official identification.

Every month, Census Bureau field representatives ask selected households questions relevant to the U.S. labor force, such as their employment status, hours worked, earnings, age, sex, race, marital status, educational attainment, occupation and industry. From these answers come estimates of the unemployment rate released monthly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The CPS is the primary source of information for state and local governments, and businesses regarding the country’s labor force,” said George Grandy Jr., director of the Census Bureau’s Atlanta regional office. “The October survey will also collect information on the social and economic characteristics of students.”


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