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Consumer Expenditure Surveys

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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  • 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 »

Info For Survey Participants

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News Releases

//CESAN QCT test ZUNI3PO 5/1/2024// Consumer unit expenditures in 2022 are $72,967; a 9....


//CESAN QCT test ZUNI3PO 5/1/2024// Average expenditures for all consumer units in 2022 were $72,967.

Next Release

The Consumer Expenditures release is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
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The Economics Daily

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Consumer expenditures for athletic gear, game tables, and exercise equipment doubled in 2021

The average consumer unit spent $111.80 on athletic gear, game tables, and exercise equipment in 2021. That was more than double the average spending of $54.33 in 2020. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Urban and Rural Spending Habits

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the United States profoundly. In addition to the heavy toll on health and life, the pandemic also brought significant economic challenges, such as a drastic shift in workplace culture and the highest unemployment rate since data began in 1948. This Spotlight on Statistics explores how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the spending behaviors of urban and rural consumers. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Employment recovery continues in 2021, with some industries reaching or exceeding their prepandemic employment levels

Total nonfarm employment in the United States continued to recover in 2021, with some industries fully recovering and subsequently expanding amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. read more »