UH_VETWGT_B1 is a 13-digit numeric variable with two implied decimals. That is, 1234567890123 should be interpreted as 12345678901.23. The IPUMS command files automatically make the necessary adjustment, so no further adjustment is needed.
Veterans weight - 1986-1993
Unicon Corporation made the following notes about this variable:
Used for tallying veteran's data only, controlled to estimates of veterans supplied by the VA. Each month in CPS is weighted independently. To compute an annual value by combining all 12 monthly files, the result should be divided by 12. The outgoing rotations files are 1/4 of each of the 12 monthly files (groups 4 and 8). The weights must be divided by 3 (12/4) to compute annual averages. The sum of all the weights on one complete year of data would be 3 times too large without this adjustment. (per Census 5/98)
These string values in the original data have been recoded as follows:
blank => -999999999999 : Missing
- All adult civilian records.
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