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.
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Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 in March, and the unemployment
rate edged down to 6.0 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect
the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to
COVID-19. Job growth was widespread in March.
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The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions declined by 321,000 to
14.3 million in 2020. The union membership rate was 10.8 percent, up by 0.5
percentage point from 2019, reflecting the much larger decline in employment
among nonunion workers.
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State, city, and county labor force data
Labor force information for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities are available separately from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. Contact LAUS by e-mail or call (202) 691-6392.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide information about unemployment insurance (UI)
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