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EIA Releases Preliminary Public Use Microdata File

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For the first time in its history, EIA offers a preliminary 2009 RECS Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) for users who wish to perform custom statistical tabulations and economic analysis.  This preliminary file contains housing unit characteristics based on information collected or derived from answers provided by survey respondents.     

Data are available in two formats: a comma delimited data file and a SAS data file. The comma delimited data file is accompanied by a corresponding "Layout File", which contains descriptive labels and formats for each data variable. Users should also refer to the "Response Code Labels" file, which contains the descriptive labels for variables and descriptions of the response codes.  

Additional data variables will be appended to the 2009 RECS PUMF in the coming months to include household square footage components and totals, weather data (heating and cooling degree days), and a full complement of energy consumption, expenditures and end-uses data for households that completed a RECS interview.  

Find RECS 2009 data at:http://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2009/?src=email

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