The Yale Labor Survey

A team of social scientists led by Nobel Prize-winning Yale economist William Nordhaus has pioneered a new approach to estimate the state of the US labor market in real time. The Yale Labor Survey (YLS) uses online panels and advanced statistical techniques to estimate rapidly and inexpensively information on employment and unemployment. Results through September 19, 2020 are now available.

Current material

For the overview report on the September 19th survey week and graphs that track the results and comparisons with government surveys, click here. 

For tables that track monthly results and comparisons with government surveys, click here

For the background paper on methods and detailed results through July, click here.

For historical data, click here. The variable descriptions are listed, click here

For the YLS team, click here.

Other material

For earlier reports and material, click here.

For funding and authorizations, click here.