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Current Population Survey (USA)


Data description

The Current Population Survey - conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics - provides monthly data on employment, earnings, educational attainment, income, poverty, health insurance and other socio-economic variables for approximately 50,000 American households from 1979 to 2016. Respondents are interviewed about the employment status of each household member over fifteen years of age. The sample provides estimates for all federal states and the USA as a whole.


Time period
  • 1994-2015: available via the CPS download platform
  • 1979-2001: available via EUI Library server (access procedures below)
  • CPS elaborated files are also available via the ICPSR data archive (download by EUI administrator)


Support links
  • Full details of the Current Population Survey are on the CPS homepage 
  • The Census Bureau Data Ferret analysis and extraction software is explained on this page (accessible only via Internet Explorer and Firefox).


How to access data

1994-2016 data is available via the CPS download platform.

EUI members also have access to CPS elaborated files via the ICPSR data archive (downloading by Library staff):

1979-2001 EUI-archived data on the secured server is restricted to current EUI members who have completed the registration procedure as follows:

  • Complete the online EUI Data Registration Form (selecting 'Current Population Survey' from the drop down menu)
  • Sign the EUI 'Conditions of Use' agreement and the 'Confidentiality Declaration' at the Badia Library (Economics Office, 085) or at the Departmental Library information desk (VLF)
  • Registered current EUI members can access the data directly from the secured drive.

CPS files on the EUI server are in Stata *.dta format. Consult this online Tutorial on Loading and Using Data on Windows.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu

Page last updated on 17 May 2017