Hi Everyone -
I know that some of you are interested in the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CEX),
especially as it includes information on vehicle ownership, maintenance costs. The
geographic level is large, as the sample is small.
In the CEX microdata, the (residence) geography includes: region, state, CMSA,
urban/rural status, and population size of the area.
Vehicle data include: make, model year, purchase date and price
Costs includes: fuel, purchase costs, lease costs, auto rentals, insurance, state
registrations, prop taxes on vehicles, and other costs (e.g cost of repairs, tolls, veh
The unit of measurement in the CEX is a "consumer unit" which is interchangeably
called a "household." It is an individual or group of individuals who live
together and make joint expenditure decisions.
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From: Ryan, Jay - BLS [mailto:Ryan.Jay@bls.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:05 AM
Subject: 2012 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) data tables and microdata release
I am pleased to announce that the 2012 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) data tables and
microdata will be released today-our earliest release date ever. The news release is
tm>. The tables and
public-use microdata will be posted later today. The 2012 CE public-use microdata are
available on the web at no charge. The 2007 - 2011 public-use microdata files are also on
the web and we plan to post earlier years back to 1996 (all the years available as SAS
datasets) over the coming year as program resources are available. Earlier years can
still be purchased on CD.
We have discontinued the public-use microdata e-mail distribution list. In order to
continue to receive updates on data releases, errata (affecting past and future data),
and special announcements, you need to sign up for the new email notification
Spending in 2012 was up 3.5%, which is more than twice as much as the 1.7-percent increase
in prices for goods and services during the same period as measured by the CPI-U.
Average annual expenditures
Income before taxes
As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the CE or the Gemini survey
redesign. If you would like to be dropped from this biannual email let me know.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns:
Phone - (202) 691- 6900
Email - email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jay Ryan, Chief
Division of Consumer Expenditure Survey
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Washington, DC 20212