Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
Median inflation expectations at both the one- and three-year horizons fell by 0.2 percentage point to 2.8 percent in February, after having remained essentially unchanged since April 2018. Price growth expectations for homes and medical care remain positive, but are at series lows. Mean unemployment expectations—or the mean probability that the U.S. unemployment rate will be higher one year from now—declined from 40.6 percent in January to 37.2 percent in February, but the series remains above its twelve-month trailing average. Job finding and job loss expectations are stable.

For more details:
Press Release: Consumers’ Inflation Expectations Decline in February
(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.