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Current Population Survey, November 1979

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; citizenship; demographic characteristics; employment; ethnicity; foreign born; Hispanic origins; households; immigration; income; labor force; native language; occupations; place of birth; population characteristics; population estimates; working hours; unemployment
  • 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. Besides the CPS core questions, this survey also gathered supplemental data on ethnicity, literacy, and language. Respondents were asked specific questions about their country of birth, parents' countries of birth, citizenship, year of immigration, ancestry, and current language spoken at home. If a foreign language was spoken at home, respondents indicated their ability to read and write this language as well as English. The language spoken at home when the respondent was a child was also identified. In addition, all states and 44 standard metropolitan statistical areas are identified and ranked by population size according to 1970 population figures. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, household relationship, and Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, and educational background, is available for each person in the household enumerated.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1979
  • Collection date: 1979
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed force living in civilian housing units in November 1979.
The probability sample selected to represent the population consisted of approximately 76,700 households, many with multiple respondents.
Collection Mode
  • All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8052 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08052.v1
  • Trejo, Stephen J.. Intergenerational progress of Mexican-origin workers in the U.S. labor market. Journal of Human Resources.38, (3), 467-489.2003.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Wirt, John, Livingston, Andrea. The Condition of Education 2003 in Brief. NCES 2003-068, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. 2003.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Wirt, John. High School Dropouts, by Race-Ethnicity and Recency of Migration. Indicator of the Month.NCES 2000-009, Washington, DC: usc Education, National Center for Education Statistics. 2000.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Butcher, Kristin R., Piehl, Anne Morrison. Cross-city evidence on the relationship between immigration and crime. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.17, (3), 457-493.1998.
    • ID: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6688(199822)17:3<457::AID-PAM4>3.0.CO;2-F (DOI)
  • Trejo, Stephen J.. Intergenerational Progress of Mexican-Origin Workers in the U.S. Labor Market. Working Papers in Economics.98/16, Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara. 1998.
  • Chiswick, Barry R., Cohen, Yinon, Zach, Tzippi. The labor market status of immigrants: Effects of the unemployment rate at arrival and duration of residence. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.50, (2), 289-303.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cohan, Yinon, Zach, Tzippi, Chiswick, Barry R.. The educational attainment of immigrants: Changes over time. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.37, (Special Issue), 229-243.1997.
    • ID: 10.1016/S1062-9769(97)90067-3 (DOI)
  • Trejo, Stephen J.. Why do Mexican Americans earn low wages?. Journal of Political Economy.105, (6), 1235-1268.1997.
    • ID: 10.1086/516391 (DOI)
  • Funkhouser, Edward, Trejo, Stephen J.. The Labor Market Skills of Recent Male Immigrants: Evidence from the Current Population Survey. Industrial and Labor Relations Review.48, (4), 792-811.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Poterba, James M., Rueben, Kim S.. The Effect of Property-Tax Limits on Wages and Employment in the Local Public Sector. American Economic Review.85, (2), 384-389.1995.
  • Trejo, Stephen J.. Why Do Mexican Americans Earn Low Wages?. Working Papers in Economics.16/95, Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara. 1995.
  • Sorensen, Elaine, Bean, Frank D.. The Immigration Reform and Control Act and the Wages of Mexican Origin Workers: Evidence from the Current Population Survey. Social Science Quarterly.75, (1), 1-17.1994.
  • Clarke, Clifford J., Neidert, Lisa J.. Living Arrangements of the Elderly: An Examination of Differences According to Ancestry and Generation. Gerontologist.32, (6), 796-804.1992.
    • ID: 10.1093/geront/32.6.796 (DOI)
  • Alba, Richard D.. Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 1990.
  • Shockey, James W.. Adjusting for Response Error in Panel Surveys: A Latent Class Approach. Sociological Methods and Research.17, (1), 65-92.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/0049124188017001004 (DOI)
  • Passel, Jeffrey S., Woodrow, Karen A.. Change in the undocumented alien population in the United States, 1979-1983. International Migration Review.21, (4), 1304-1334.1987.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Alba, Richard D., Golden, Reid M.. Patterns of Ethnic Marriage in the United States. Social Forces.65, (1), 202-223.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Neidert, Lisa J., Farley, Reynolds. Assimilation in the United States: An analysis of ethnic and generation differences in status and achievement. American Sociological Review.50, (6), 840-850.1985.
    • ID: (URL)
  • (author unknown). Ancestry and Language in the United States: November 1979. Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 1982.
  • Angle, John. The Ecology of Language Maintenance: Data from Nine U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Urban Affairs Quarterly.17, (2), 219-231.1981.
    • ID: 10.1177/004208168101700207 (DOI)

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, November 1979. Archival Version. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.