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Real-Time Population Survey

The Real-Time Population Survey (RPS), an online survey of adults that are representative of the U.S. population along several key characteristics. The central goal of the RPS is to document labor market trends in real time and at a higher frequency than official statistics.

Release Dates



January 22 June 5
February 19 June 19
March 19 July 2
April 23 July 24
May 21 August 7
June 18 August 21
  September 4
  September 18
  October 9
  October 23
  November 20
  December 18
RPS Authors

The RPS was developed by Alexander Bick, an associate professor at WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; Adam Blandin, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Virginia Commonwealth University; in collaboration with Karel Mertens, a senior economic policy advisor in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.