My da|ra Login

Detailed view

metadata language: English

Current Population Survey, January 1981

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; Hispanic origins; households; job change; job tenure; labor force; occupational mobility; population characteristics; population estimates; 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 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.
  • Methods

    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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981-01
  • Collection date: 1981-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled 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. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units. Approximately 77,000 households were surveyed.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview, telephone interview

    All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.

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.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8115 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08115.v1
  • Rajnes, David. 21st century update on employee tenure. EBRI Notes.22, (3), 1-8.2001.
  • Jaeger, David A., Stevens, Ann Huff. Is Job Stability in the United States Falling? Reconciling Trends in the Current Population Survey and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. On the Job: Is Long-Term Employment a Thing of the Past?.New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2000.
  • Jaeger, David A., Stevens, Ann Huff. Is job stability in the United States falling? Reconciling trends in the current population survey and panel study of income dynamics. Journal of Labor Economics.17, (4), S1-S28.1999.
    • ID: 10.1086/209941 (DOI)
  • Farber, Henry S.. Are lifetime jobs disappearing? Job duration in the United States, 1973-1993. Labor Statistics Measurement Issues.Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1998.
  • Jaeger, David A., Stevens, Ann Huff. Is Job Stability in the United States Falling? Reconciling Trends in the Current Population Survey and Panel Study of Income Dynamics. NBER Working Paper Series.6650, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • DiPrete, Thomas A., Forristal, Jerry D.. Socioeconomic Change and Occupational Location for Successive Cohorts of American Male and Female Workers. Social Science Research.24, (4), 390-438.1995.
    • ID: 10.1006/ssre.1995.1016 (DOI)
  • Farber, Henry S.. Are Lifetime Jobs Disappearing? Job Duration in the United States: 1973-1993. NBER Working Paper Series.5014, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Diebold, Francis X., Neumark, David, Polsky, Daniel. Job Stability in the United States. NBER Working Paper Series.4859, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Hayward, Mark D., Crimmins, Eileen M., Wray, Linda A.. The Relationship Between Retirement Life Cycle Changes and Older Men's Labor Force Participation Rates. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.49, (5), S219-S230.1994.
  • Davis, Gerald F., Stout, Suzanne K.. Organization theory and the market for corporate control: A dynamic analysis of the characteristics of large takeover targets, 1980-1990. Administrative Science Quarterly.37, (4), 605-633.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Ureta, Manuelita. The Importance of Lifetime Jobs in the U.S. Economy, Revisited. American Economic Review.82, (1), 322-335.1992.
  • Bridges, William P., Villemez, Wayne J.. Employment relations and the labor market: Integrating institutional and market perspectives. American Sociological Review.56, (6), 748-764.1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Horvath, Francis W.. Job Tenure of Workers in January 1981. Monthly Labor Review.105, (9), 34 -1982.
  • Rytina, Nancy F.. Occupational Changes and Tenure, 1981. Monthly Labor Review.105, (9), 29 -1982.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Current Population Survey, January 1981. Archival Version. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.