Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
January survey results show consumers as less optimistic generally about the economy and changes in their own financial situations. The mean unemployment expectation—or the probability that the U.S. unemployment rate will be higher a year from now—rose 1.8 percentage points to 40.6 percent in January, reaching its highest value since March 2014. The share of households expecting to be better off a year from now fell to 38.6 percent, the lowest reading since November 2016. Median inflation expectations at both the one- and three-year horizons remained unchanged at 3.0 percent.

For more details:
Press Release: Consumers Slightly Less Optimistic about Personal Finances and the Economy
(Feb 2019)

SCE Household
Spending Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding household spending, budgeting, and saving. Updated every four months since 2014.
(Dec 2018)

SCE Labor Market
Focus: Individuals' experiences and expectations in the labor market-including earnings, job transitions, and job offers. Updated every four months since 2014.
(Dec 2018)

SCE Credit Access
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding credit demand and credit access. Updated every four months since 2013.
(May 2018)

SCE Housing Survey
Focus: Consumers’ experiences and expectations regarding housing market conditions. Fielded annually since 2014.
Fielding the Survey
The SCE is a nationally representative, Internet-based survey of a rotating panel of approximately 1,300 household heads. Respondents participate in the panel for up to twelve months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month. Unlike comparable surveys based on repeated cross-sections with a different set of respondents in each wave, our panel enables us to observe the changes in expectations and behavior of the same individuals over time.