Economic research

SF Fed Data Explorer – Economic Research

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

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

Final tutorial: How do recessions affect the gender balance in the labor market?


In past recessions, men lost their jobs more than women. So what happened during the pandemic recession? (video, 1:56)

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

Information source

Our data comes from responses to the Current Population Survey (CPS), conducted monthly by the US Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They usually start in 1976 and go through the most recent report.

Labor market data

Current Population Survey, US 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

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

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