This section lists important economic-related surveys conducted by agencies of the Federal government, beginning with the Economic Census and Decennial Censuses and continuing alphabetically.
Major quinquennial survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, currently covering years ending in 2 and 7 (e.g., 1987, 1992, etc.). Until the mid-20th century, these surveys were part of the Decennial Censuses (see below).
2000 Census of Population and Housing
1990 Census of Population and Housing
Annual Survey of Manufactures
Conducted since 1949, the Survey provides detailed annual statistics on the location, activities, and products of U.S. manufacturers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Programs and Surveys
Web page for each survey includes overview, frequently asked questions (FAQ), contacts, and access to data. http://www.bls.gov/bls/proghome.htm.
Census Bureau - Economic Surveys
Descriptive and contact information for each survey, plus links to related surveys and online data. http://www.census.gov/econ/overview/.
Census of Governments
Quinquennial survey conducted since 1957 covering government organization, taxable property values, public employment, and government finances. Earlier data on government entities may be found with the Decennial Censuses (see above).
Current Population Survey
A monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years and is the primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S. population. [Edited excerpt from "Overview" on the Current Population Survey web site, http://www.bls.census.gov/cps/overmain.htm.]
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
The purpose of the program, as stated on their web site, is: "To collect source and amount of income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility data, and general demographic characteristics to measure the effectiveness of existing federal, state, and local programs; to estimate future costs and coverage for government programs, such as food stamps; and to provide improved statistics on the distribution of income in the country. ["Overview", http://www.census.gov/sipp/overview.html] http://www.census.gov/sipp/
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