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Unable to work due to COVID-19 pandemic

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COVIDUNAW reports whether the respondent was unable to work during the previous four weeks because their employer closed or lost business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This variable is part of a battery of five supplemental questions added to the CPS basic monthly survey in May of 2020 to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor force. For more information on how the pandemic affected the CPS, see our detailed documentation here.


This variable is comparable across time.


  • Civilians 16+.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2020 - - - - - X X X X X X X X
2021 X X - X X X X X X - - - -


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