SF Fed Data Explorer

Welcome to the SF Fed Data Explorer!

Our interactive tool gives you the ability to explore, analyze, and download detailed data for various groups of people in the U.S. labor market. The data come from responses to the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS). Use the Data Explorer to dive deep into the survey results and discover your own insights.

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Use the Data Explorer to compare labor market outcomes—such as employment, job finding rates, and earnings—for different demographic groups at specific points in time or see how a group’s experience changes over time. I’m ready to explore!

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Latest Tutorial: Quick Start Guide to Using the Data Explorer

Watch our Quick Start video to learn how to begin building charts using some of the preset features built into the Data Explorer (video, 2:52)

View more tutorial videos and check the FAQs on our “how to” page.

Data Sources

Our data come from responses to the Current Population Survey (CPS), conducted each month by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They generally start in 1976 and run through the most recent report.

Labor market data

Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of the Census. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/cps/data/datasets.html

Recession data

National Bureau of Economic Research business cycle dating committee. https://www.nber.org/research/business-cycle-dating

Suggested Citation

If you use the SF Fed Data Explorer in your own writings and publications, we ask that you cite this page.

SF Fed Data Explorer, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Retrieved Month DD, YYYY; based on most recent Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/sf-fed-data-explorer/

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the management of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco or of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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For Educators

Our Starter Guide is available as a downloadable pdf. In addition to our Tutorial video series, users can find definitions for many labor market terms in the boxes below each Data Explorer chart.


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The SF Fed Data Explorer was developed by the San Francisco Fed’s Economic Research Department staff. Learn more about our work and other research.

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