Current Population Survey, October 2008: School Enrollment Supplement (ICPSR 29643)

Published: Oct 6, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census; United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics; United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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CPS, October 2008

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 School Enrollment in the United States, which was administered as a supplement to the 2008 October CPS. The Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics also jointly sponsored the supplemental questions for October.

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, for the week prior to the survey. 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.

The October 2008 supplemental survey queried respondents on school enrollment for all persons in the household aged three and over. Supplement data includes information collected on current grade at public or private school, whether currently attending college full- or part-time at a two- or four-year institution, year last attended a regular school, year graduated from high school, grade retention, and whether any business, vocational, technical, trade, or correspondence courses were ever taken. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, occupation, and income.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics, and United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Current Population Survey, October 2008: School Enrollment Supplement. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-10-06.

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2008-10-12 -- 2008-10-18

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains not only information about the basic CPS survey, but also detailed technical documentation specific to the School Enrollment Supplement. In particular, Attachment 8 of the User Guide contains the supplement questionnaire.

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.

The universe statements for each variable are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which are located in Attachment 6 and 7, respectively, of the User Guide.

A multistage probability sample was selected to represent the universe of approximately 55,000 households.

The CPS universe was made up of all persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States living in households. The October 2008 supplement universe included the full CPS sample comprised of all people 3 years old or over.

individuals within housing units

survey data



2011-10-06 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.

The data contain eight weight variables:

  • Household Weight -- HWHHWGT -- Used in tallying household characteristics.
  • Family Weight -- PWFMWGT -- Used only in 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 Weight -- PWSUPWGT -- Used in tallying individuals on the file.

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for additional detailed information on how to use these weights, and how they were derived.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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