Current Population Survey: Annual Demographic File, 1979 (ICPSR 7837)

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


This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data as well as supplemental data on work experience, income, noncash benefits, and migration. 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. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, 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


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: ANNUAL DEMOGRAPHIC FILE, 1979. ICPSR07837-v2. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1980. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-09.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, employment, Hispanic origins, households, income, job history, labor force, occupational mobility, population characteristics, population estimates, unemployment, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979-03

Universe:    Persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households and members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in 1979.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This hierarchical file contains a total of 282,015 records. There are three record types: household, family, and person. Household records contain approximately 40 variables, family records contain approximately 80 variables, and person records contain approximately 220 variables. (2) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:    A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units.

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-28

Version History:

  • 2008-04-09 The codebook has been renamed User Guide to more accurately reflect the documentation.
  • 2008-04-04 Updated the codebook to include Appendix E -- Estimation of Sampling Errors.

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