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Current Population Survey, May 2017: Contingent Worker Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States. Bureau of the Census
  • United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Other Title
  • CPS, May 2017 (Alternative Title)
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
census data; employment; income; job expectations; job security; labor (work); occupational status; population characteristics; temporary employment; unemployment; work; working hours
  • Abstract

    This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey on the topic of Contingent Employment in the United States, which was administered as a supplement to the February 2017 CPS. In addition to administering the basic CPS, interviewers asked the supplementary questions in three-fourths of the sample households. The CPS, administered monthly, is a labor force survey providing current estimates of the economic status and activities of the population of the United States, for the week prior to the survey. Specifically, the CPS provides 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. The Contingent Work Supplement questions were asked of all applicable persons age 16 years and older. The supplement data is comprised of information on contingent or temporary work that a person did without expecting continuing employment from the particular employer they happened to be working for. Also included is information about each worker's expectation of continuing employment, satisfaction with their current employment arrangement, current job history, transition into the current employment arrangement, search for other employment, employee benefits, and earnings. The supplement questions were not asked of unpaid family workers and persons not looking for work (this includes persons not in the labor force and unemployed persons on layoff who are not looking for work). Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, occupation, and income.
  • Abstract

    The main purpose of the Current Population Survey is to collect information on the employment situation in the United States. A very important secondary purpose is to collect information on demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, marital status, educational attainment, family relationship, occupation, and industry. The statistics resulting from these questions serve to update similar information collected once every 10 years through the decennial census, and are used by government policymakers and legislators as important indicators of our nation's economic situation and for planning and evaluating many government programs.
  • 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: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Current Population Survey, May 2017: Contingent Worker Supplement
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2017-05
  • Collection date: 2017-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The CPS universe consists of all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households. Smallest Geographic Unit: County
A multistage probability sample was selected to represent the universe of approximately 56,000 households.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
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
  • 37191 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37191.v1

Update Metadata: 2018-11-29 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-11-29

United States. Bureau of the Census; United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018): Current Population Survey, May 2017: Contingent Worker Supplement. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.