Codes and Frequencies
WHYUNEMP specifies why respondents were unemployed--either actively seeking work or on temporary layoff from a job--during the previous week. For discussion of the technical definition of the status "unemployed," see the EMPSTAT variable.
Responses for WHYUNEMP distinguish between workers who had lost jobs (due to temporary layoff, involuntary job loss, or ending of a temporary job), those who had quit jobs, those who were re-entering the labor force after an extended absence from the work force, and those who were seeking their first jobs (new entrants).
- 1976-1988: Respondants age 14+ who were unemployed (looking for work) during the previous week.
- 1989-2018: Civilians age 15+ who were unemployed (looking for work) or on layoff during the previous week.
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