The U.S. Census Bureau will visit selected area households again beginning April 3 to conduct its Survey of Income and Program Participation.

The program is a nationwide survey introduced in the fall of 1983. It is one of the nation's largest surveys and includes about 36,000 households.Subjects covered in the survey include jobs and earnings, the economic effects of unemployment and how taxes affect personal spending.

Information from the program helps policymakers and administrators determine how well government programs are serving the public and how changes in programs and policies will affect the public.

Information collected in the program survey is confidential by law. Field representatives have credentials identifying them as U.S. Census Bureau employees.