Current Population Survey, May 1989: Unemployment Benefit Compensation Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; employment; households; labor force; population characteristics; population estimates; unemployment; unemployment benefits; unemployment insurance
  • Abstract

    This collection provides data on labor force activity for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive data are available on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 15 years old and over. In addition, unemployed persons were asked a series of supplemental questions about unemployment compensation. The purpose of this supplement was to determine why a growing proportion of the unemployed were not receiving or had not been applying for benefits under the unemployment insurance program. Supplement questions focused on whether respondents had applied for unemployment benefits and whether they had received them since their last job, whether they had received an unemployment check in the week prior to the interview, reasons for not receiving unemployment compensation within the previous week, reasons respondents had not received unemployment compensation since their last job, and reasons for not applying for unemployment compensation. About a quarter of the unemployed respondents were asked the supplemental questions each month. These were respondents 15 years and older who reported either that they did not work in the previous week but had been working before and planned to begin a new job within 30 days, or were laid off, or looking for work. Unemployed persons who were trying to find employment for the first time were not considered eligible for the supplement. Personal characteristics such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational background, and Spanish origin are also included in the file.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989-05
  • Collection date: 1989-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All individuals 15 years and over in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households.
The probability sample selected to represent the universe consists of approximately 71,000 households.
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3332 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03332.v1
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  • Neumark, David, Wascher, William. Employment effects of minimum wages and subminimum wages: Panel data on state minimum wage laws. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.46, (1), 55-81.1992.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15