U.S. Bureau of the Census

06/13/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/13/2024 12:30

Census Bureau Announces Updates for Current Population Survey Modernization Efforts: Annual Social and Economic Supplement

JUNE 13, 2024 - The U.S. Census Bureau today announced plans to modernize the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS, which is sponsored jointly by the Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics in the nation, a key Principal Federal Economic Indicator (PFEI). In addition to providing data on the labor force status of the population, the CPS is used to collect data for a variety of studies on the entire U.S. population and specific population subsets. These studies, or supplemental surveys, keep the nation informed of the economic and social well-being of its people and are used by federal and state agencies, private foundations, and other organizations. ASEC is one of more than a dozen supplemental surveys that is part of the CPS, and provides the nation's Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage statistics.

Some of the improvements under consideration and planned to enhance the ASEC include:

  • Addition of an Internet Self-Response (ISR) mode.
  • Potential questionnaire content updates.
  • Operational changes.
  • Building upon use of administrative records.