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Current Population Survey, May 1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; employment; Hispanic origins; households; income; jobs; labor force; multiple jobs; occupations; pension plans; population characteristics; population estimates; unemployment; union membership; working hours
  • Abstract

    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. Supplemental information on respondents with more than one job includes weekly income, reason for additional job, hourly wage amount, days and hours worked per week, labor union membership, and time of day work began and ended. Also included are data on pension plan coverage, employee contributions, and pension provisions made by the self-employed. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979-05
  • Collection date: 1979-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in May 1979.
A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units. Approximately 76,700 households were selected for interview.
Collection Mode
  • (1) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis. (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.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7974 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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  • Yeatman, John D.. Employer Size, Union Strength, and Their Effects on Wage Rates. Dissertation, Texas Tech University. 1996.
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  • Woodbury, Stephen, Bettinger, Douglas. The decline of fringe-benefit coverage in the 1980s. Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets.Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe. 1991.
  • Idson, Todd L., Feaster, Daniel J.. A Selectivity Model of Employer-Size Wage Differentials. Journal of Labor Economics.8, (1), 99-122.1990.
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  • Kosters, Marvin H.. Schooling, Work Experience, And Wage Trends. American Economic Review.80, (2), 308 -1990.
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  • Levy, Anat. Heterogeneity and Union Membership Determination. Journal of Labor Research.11, (1), 41 -1990.
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  • Linneman, Peter D., Wachter, Michael L., Carter, William H.. Evaluating the Evidence on Union Employment and Wages. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.44, (1), 34-53.1990.
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  • MacPherson, David A., Stewart, James B.. The Effect of International Competition on Union and Nonunion Wages. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.43, (4), 434-446.1990.
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  • Pearce, James. Tenure, Unions, and the Relationship Between Employer Size and Wages. Journal of Labor Economics.8, (2), 251-269.1990.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Current Population Survey, May 1979. Version 1. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.