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Alternate Title: CPS, September 2008
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census; United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Corporation for National and Community Service
This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey on the topic of volunteer service, which was administered as a supplement to the September CPS questionnaire. The Corporation for National and Community Service jointly sponsored the supplemental questions for September.
The CPS, administered monthly, is a labor force survey providing current estimates of the economic status and activities of the population of the United States. Specifically, the CPS provides estimates of total employment (both farm and nonfarm), nonfarm self-employed persons, domestics, and unpaid helpers in nonfarm family enterprises, wage and salaried employees, and estimates of total unemployment. Data from the CPS are provided for the week prior to the survey.
All persons eligible for the labor force items of the basic CPS were also eligible for the volunteer supplement. Proxy responses were allowed if attempts for a self-response were unsuccessful. The supplement contained questions about the household member's participation in volunteer service from September 1, 2007, to the date of the interview. Household members were queried about the frequency of volunteer activity, the kinds of organizations they volunteered with, the types of activities they chose, whether any volunteering was done in a foreign country, and involvement in their community. Data are also provided on whether or not donations of money, assets, or property valued at 25 dollars or more were made in the past year to charitable or religious organizations.
Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, occupation, and income.
Series: Current Population Survey Series
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United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Corporation for National and Community Service. Current Population Survey, September 2008: Volunteer Supplement. ICPSR25642-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2011-04-22. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25642.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25642.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: armed forces, associations, census data, charitable donations, church groups, community organizations, community participation, demographic characteristics, employment, fundraising, Hispanic or Latino origins, households, income, industry, job change, labor force, layoffs, memberships, occupational status, occupations, organizations, part-time employment, political activism, population characteristics, population estimates, social activism, unemployment, volunteers, wages and salaries, work, work experience, working hours
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individuals within housing units
Universe: The basic CPS universe consists of all persons aged 15 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households. The September 2008 supplement universe consists of the full CPS sample of all households, for civilian persons age 15 and over.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Users are strongly encouraged to refer the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains the questionnaire for the supplement, as well as additional detailed technical documentation regarding the study design, sampling frame used, and response rates.
The universe statements for each variable are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which is located in Attachment 6 and 7, respectively, of the User Guide.
ICPSR removed all FILLER and PADDING variables from the data. As a result, the column locations in any ICPSR-released data product (e.g., codebook and setup files) will have column locations that are not consistent with locations described in the User Guide.
Sample: A multistage probability sample was selected to represent the universe of approximately 56,000 households. The sample was based on the results of the decennial census, with coverage in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The data contain eight weight variables:
- Household Weight -- HWHHWGT -- Used for tallying household characteristics.
- Family Weight -- PWFMWGT -- Used only for tallying family characteristics.
- Longitudinal Weight -- PWLGWGT -- Found only on adult records matched from month to month (used for gross flows analysis).
- Outgoing Rotation Weight -- PWORWGT -- Used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations.
- Final Weight -- PWSSWGT -- Used for most tabulations, controlled to independent estimates for (1) States; (2) Origin, Sex, and Age; and (3) Age, Race, and Sex.
- Veteran's Weight -- PWVETWGT -- Used for tallying veteran's data only.
- Composited Final Weight -- PWCMPWGT -- Used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.
- Supplement Non-Response Weight -- PWNRWGT -- Accounts for missing data due to non-response, and used when constructing estimates from supplement items.
Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for detailed information on how to use the weights, as well as how they were derived.
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Original ICPSR Release: 2010-12-17
- 2011-04-22 The ASCII data for this collection have been completely replaced. The data collection has been updated to include SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files for use with the new data. Also included in the update are a corresponding SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and a tab-delimited version of the new ASCII data.
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