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Current Population Survey, February 2000: Displaced Workers, Employee Tenure, and Occupational Mobility Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
  • United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; displaced workers; employee benefits; full-time employment; health insurance; Hispanic or Latino origins; households; income; industry; job change; job loss; job satisfaction; job tenure; labor force; layoffs; occupational mobility; occupational status; occupations; part-time employment; population characteristics; population estimates; unemployment; wages and salaries; work; work experience; work hours
  • Abstract

    This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey administered as a supplement to the February CPS questionnaire on the topic of displaced workers, employee tenure, and occupational mobility in the United States.The CPS, administered monthly, collects labor force data about the civilian noninstitutional population living in the United States. Moreover, the CPS provides current estimates of the economic status and activities of this population which includes estimates of total employment (both farm and nonfarm), nonfarm self-employed persons, domestics, and unpaid helpers in nonfarm family enterprises, wage and salaried employees, and estimates of total unemployment. Data from the CPS are provided for the week prior to the administration of the survey.All persons eligible for the labor force items of the basic CPS were also eligible for the supplement. The supplement was designed to be a proxy response supplement, meaning a single respondent could provide answers for all eligible household members, provided the respondent was a household member 15 years of age or older. Persons 20 years of age and older, who lost or left a job in the last 3 years for selected reasons, were eligible for the first part of the supplement, which consists of the displaced workers items. Employed persons 15 years of age and older were eligible for the second part of the supplement, which consists of the employee tenure and occupational mobility items.Respondents were queried on involuntary job loss within the last three years based on operating decisions of a firm, plant, or business, reasons for job displacement, industry and occupation of the former job, group health insurance coverage, job tenure, and weekly earnings. Additional data refer to periods of unemployment as well as number of jobs held, use of unemployment benefits, whether residence was changed to seek work in another area, and current health insurance coverage.Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, family relationship, occupation, and income.
  • Methods

    The data contain seven basic CPS weight variables: Household Weight--HWHHWGT--Used for tallying household characteristics.; Family Weight--PWFMWGT--Used only for tallying family characteristics.; Longitudinal Weight--PWLGWGT--Found only on adult records matched from month to month (used for gross flows analysis).; Outgoing Rotation Weight--PWORWGT--Used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations.; Final Weight--PWSSWGT--Used for most tabulations, controlled to independent estimates for 1) States; 2) Origin, Sex, and Age; and 3) Age, Race, and Sex.; Veteran's Weight--PWVETWGT--Used for tallying veteran's data only.; Composited Final Weight--PWCMPWGT--Used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.; There are also two supplement weights associated with the February 2000 Displaced Worker and Employee Tenure supplement. The first weight, PWSUPWGT, should be used to tally the displaced worker items. The second weight, PWTENWGT, should be used for tallying the employee tenure section of the supplement. Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for detailed information on how to use the weights, as well as how they were derived.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000-02
  • 2000-02-13 / 2000-02-19
    Collection date: 2000-02-13--2000-02-19
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The universe consists of all persons aged 15 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households.
A multistage probability sample, based on the 1990 decennial census, was selected to represent the universe of approximately 56,000 households.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    Users are strongly encouraged to refer the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains the questionnaire for the supplement, as well as additional detailed technical documentation regarding the study design, sampling frame used, and response rates.

    The universe statements for each variable are defined in the basic or supplement record layouts found in Attachment 7 and 8, respectively, of the User Guide.

    ICPSR removed all FILLER and PADDING variables from the data. As a result, the column locations in any ICPSR-released data product (e.g., codebook and setup files) will have column locations that are not consistent with locations described in the User Guide.

2011-03-01 The ASCII data for this collection have been completely replaced. The data collection has been updated to include SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files for use with the new data. Also included in the update are a corresponding SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and a tab-delimited version of the new ASCII data.
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
  • 3169 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03169.v2
  • Helwig, Ryan T.. Worker Displacement in a Strong Labor Market. Monthly Labor Review.124, (6), 13-28.2001.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Rajnes, David. 21st century update on employee tenure. EBRI Notes.22, (3), 1-8.2001.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census; United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2001): Current Population Survey, February 2000: Displaced Workers, Employee Tenure, and Occupational Mobility Supplement. Version 1. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.