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Stories about the labor market

Who is employed, who is unemployed, and who’s not in the labor force? Data that answer these questions are reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the US Census. FRED has monthly data on the CPS starting on January 1, 1948, which translates into 906 data points between that date and July 1, 2023. Today, we use that happenstance to celebrate this, our 906th FRED Blog post. Yes, we are that data-nerdy.

Take a look back and you’ll see that the FRED Blog has tapped into many of the 8,449 data series from the Household Survey of the CPS to tell the stories behind those numbers. Here’s a sample, including the FRED graph above for the unemployment rate, the most popular series among them on FRED:

Stay tuned to the FRED Blog as we continue to tap into the CPS to tell interesting stories about the labor market.

How this graph was created: On the FRED homepage, look for the most popular series and click on the unemployment rate. Click on the first choice.

Suggested by Diego Mendez-Carbajo.

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