Displaced Worker Supplement Sample Notes
The Displaced Worker Supplement collects additional earnings and employment information from respondents who had lost or left a job in the past several years.
This supplement usually occurs during January or February, and is often fielded with the Job Tenure and Occupational Mobility Supplement.
The universe for the Displaced Workers Supplement is civilians 20 or older. Respondents are further categorized as a "displaced worker" if they meet additional characteristics (see DWSTAT). Users should note that there is an important difference in definition of displaced worker across samples. Before 1994, displaced workers are those who lost or left a job during the past 5 years. After 1994, displaced workers are those who lost or left a job due to layoffs or shutdowns within the past 3 years. For 1998 on, respondents are only considered displaced workers if they had lost or left a job due to layoffs or shutdowns within the past 3 years, were not self-employed, and did not expect to be recalled to work within the next six months. Self-response was not required for this supplement after 1994, so often one individual answered for all household members.
Additionally, some respondents who were eligible to receive Displaced Workers questions were not interviewed, and are NIU for most Displaced Worker questions. These individuals are identified by DWRESP.
Because the Displaced Worker and Job Tenure supplements tend to be in the same sample, it's necessary to take care in choosing the correct weight for each supplement question. The supplement weight for Displaced Workers is DWSUPPWT, while the Job Tenure weight is JTSUPPWT. The appropriate weight for each variable in either of these supplements is indicated by the first two letters of the variable name. If the variable begins with "DW" and is found in the Displaced Worker Supplement group, use DWSUPPWT. If the variable begins with "JT" and is found in the Job Tenure Supplement group, use JTSUPPWT. From 1984 to 1994, the Displaced Worker supplement has no supplement-specific weight in the original data, and DWSUPPWT is identical to WTFINL.