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Current Population Survey, October 1981 (ICPSR 8116)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census


This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. Additional data are available concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. Besides the CPS core questions, this survey also gathered supplemental data on school enrollment for all persons three years old and older. Data include whether the child attended public or private school, grade level, if enrolled in school after the age of 14, and, for persons 14-34 years old, year of high school graduation or last year attended school if a nongraduate. College students indicated whether they were enrolled in a two- or four-year program, as well as the type of degree anticipated. Those working toward associate's degrees specified if the program was occupational or general. College-age persons not attending college indicated whether they were taking any business, vocational, technical, or correspondence courses other than job training. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Current Population Survey, October 1981. ICPSR08116-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-02-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08116.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08116.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, education, employment, higher education, Hispanic or Latino origins, households, income, industry, job tenure, labor force, occupations, population characteristics, population estimates, private schools, public schools, school enrollments, unemployment, vocational education

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-10

Universe:    Persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in October 1981.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units. Approximately 77,000 households were surveyed.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

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