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Consumer Expenditure Survey

The Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE) program provides data on expenditures, income, and demographic characteristics of consumers in the United States. The CE program provides these data in tablesLABSTAT databasenews releasesreports, and public use microdata files.

CE data are collected by the Census Bureau for BLS in two surveys, the Interview Survey for major and/or recurring items and the Diary Survey for more minor or frequently purchased items. CE data are primarily used to revise the relative importance of goods and services in the market basket of the Consumer Price Index. The CE is the only Federal household survey to provide information on the complete range of consumers' expenditures and incomes. Here is an overview of the CE program and its methods.

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Notices

  • The 2021 annual news release, tables, LABSTAT database, and public use microdata are now available (9/8/2022). Read More »
  • The 2021 annual Data Quality Profile is now available (9/8/2022). Read More »
  • The Economics Daily: “Consumer spending on public transportation rebounded in 2021 after large decline in 2020”, by Shane Meyers (9/9/2022). Read More »