Center for Microeconomic Data

 
Survey of Consumer Expectations
The June survey shows that median inflation expectations increased by 0.2 percentage point at the one-year horizon and by 0.1 percentage point at the three-year horizon, both reaching 2.7 percent after declining in the previous two months. The increases were relatively broad-based but largest for the lowest income group. Respondents were generally more upbeat about their financial situation and about the labor market, with expectations about the U.S. unemployment rate improving, the mean perceived probability of losing one’s job in the next year decreasing, and optimism about finding a job (if one’s job is lost) at a series high.

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Press Release: June Survey of Consumer Expectations Shows Continued Optimism about Job Availability; Consumers’ Inflation Expectations Tick Up
(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.