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Social Science Data Research Guide

Research Guide to Social Science Data to support the Social Science Research & Instructional Center (SSRIC).

Recommended Sources for Data Sets

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

BLS has data on Inflation and Prices, Employment, Unemployment, Pay and Benefits, Spending, Time Use, Productivity, Workplace Injuries, International Labor, Employment Projections, Regional Resources, Maps, Calculators and much more.

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.

Recommended Sources for Statistics

Other Sources