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Continuous weeks unemployed, intervalled

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DURUNEM2 indicates, in intervalled form, how many consecutive weeks each currently unemployed respondent had been without a job and looking for work. Beginning in 1988, this variable also indicates the number of continuous weeks of layoff for workers who expected to be recalled to their jobs. For more detailed discussion, see DURUNEMP, which presents the same information in nonintervalled form. DURUNEM2 has the advantage of providing data for 1963-1967, and the disadvantage of giving information in intervals that are quite broad (e.g., "35-42 weeks," "over 52 weeks") for respondents with lengthy periods of unemployment.


Apart from changes in the universe, this variable is comparable across years.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

The closest equivalent to DURUNEM2 in IPUMS-USA is the DURUNEMP variable for the 1940 and 1950 censuses. Researchers should keep in mind that a code of zero means N.I.U. (Not in Universe) for DURUNEM2 in IPUMS-CPS and means "unemployed less than one week" for DURUNEMP in IPUMS-USA. See DURUNEMP for detailed discussion of universe and topcoding differences between IPUMS-CPS and IPUMS-USA.


  • 1962-1967: Civilians who were looking for work (pre-1968 samples do not include persons under age 14).
  • 1968-1979: Civilians 14+ who were looking for work.
  • 1988+: Civilians 15+ who were looking for work or on layoff.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1962 – 1993 - - X - - - - - - - - - -
1994 – 2023 X X X X X X X X X X X X X
2024 X - - - - - - - - - - - -