Census of Governments, 1987: Employment Statistics (ICPSR 6069)

Published: Mar 6, 2013

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



Version V2

This data collection contains the October 1987 employment and payroll figures for federal, state, and local governments in the United States. Data for full- and part-time employment and payrolls are provided for functions such as air transportation, education, corrections, police, fire protection, utilities, health, public welfare, parks, libraries, sanitation, highways, and transit. Additional data cover labor-management relations, employee organizations, employee benefits, and unemployment, health, and life insurance. This collection consists of three data files. "DS1: Individual Government Records" provides an individual record for each of the following governments in the United States: the federal government, 50 state governments, 3,042 county governments, 19,227 municipal governments, 16,685 township governments, 29,270 special district governments, and 14,710 independent school district governments. In addition, there are 635 records for regional Education Service Districts (ESDs) classified officially as dependent agencies of independent school districts. "DS2: County Area Records" contains summary data records for county geographic areas. The county area summaries supply aggregated data for all of the local governments within the geographic boundaries of each county or county-type area. "DS3: National and State Summary Records" provides national and state area summaries by level and type of government. For each state area, the following summary records are provided: state and local government total, state government total, local government total, county government total, municipal government total, special district government total, and school district government total. The national summaries include each of the record types provided for state areas plus a single record for the federal government.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Governments, 1987:  Employment Statistics. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-03-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06069.v2

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The federal government, 50 state governments, and 82,934 counties, municipalities, as well as school and other districts in existence in the United States as of October 1987.

federal, state, county, and local governments

aggregate data

census/enumeration data



2013-03-06 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a tab-delimited data file have been added to the collection. The codebook was updated and converted to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1993-12-18 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


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

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