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Current Population Survey, January 1981 (ICPSR 8115)

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 job tenure and occupational mobility for employed persons aged 16 and older, including items such as occupation and labor force status a year ago, length of time with present employer, length of time in the same occupation, and reasons for changing occupation. Also included in this data file is information on residence one year earlier and education since January 1980. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, 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, January 1981. ICPSR08115-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-11-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08115.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08115.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, employment, Hispanic origins, households, job change, job tenure, labor force, occupational mobility, population characteristics, population estimates, unemployment

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-01

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons in the civilian nonistitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units In January 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.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional


The data contain 5 weight variables:

V1079 FINALWGT - Final weight.

V1085 WGTAGERC - Weighting age recode.

V1212 ERNWGTAL - Earning weight for all races.

V1213 ERNWGTBL - Earnings weight for blacks.

V1214 ERNWGTSP - Earnings weight for Spanish.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2012-11-05 The ICPSR codebook has been revised as the previous version, created using Osiris, was unreadable in the previous release of the collection.

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