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Current Population Survey, May 2004: Work Schedules and Work at Home Supplement (ICPSR 4346)

Alternate Title:   CPS, May 2004

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


This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) for May 2004 and a supplement survey on the topic of Work Schedules and Working at Home.

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 May 2004 supplemental survey queried respondents on their working hours and shift of work. Other questions asked about hours spent working at home and equipment used, temporary work done without expecting continuing employment from the employer, worker's expectation of continuing employment, satisfaction with their current employment arrangement, current job history, transition into the current employment arrangement, search for other employment, employee benefits, and earnings.

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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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, and United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Current Population Survey, May 2004: Work Schedules and Work at Home Supplement. ICPSR04346-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-12-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04346.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04346.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    commuting (travel), demographic characteristics, economic conditions, employee benefits, employment, full-time employment, Hispanic or Latino origins, households, income, industry, Internet, job change, job satisfaction, labor (work), labor force, labor relations, occupational status, occupations, part-time employment, population characteristics, population estimates, temporary employment, unemployment, work, work experience, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 2004-05-16--2004-05-22

Unit of Observation:    Individuals within housing units

Universe:    The universe for the basic CPS consists of all persons aged 15 and older in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States, living in households. The May 2004 supplement universe represented the full CPS sample comprising all households, for persons age 15 years or older who are currently employed.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains information about the basic CPS survey and detailed technical documentation specific to the Work Schedules and Work at Home Supplement. In particular, Attachment 8 of the User Guide contains the supplement questionnaire.

Detailed and edited universe statements for various variables are defined in either the basic or supplement record layout, which are located in Attachments 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 to 57,000 households.


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, as well as how they were derived.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)


Original ICPSR Release:   2008-03-11

Version History:

  • 2011-12-21 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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