If I’m not mistaken EMPSTAT is the IPUMS CPS variable corresponding to Census/BLS CPS PEMLR – Census/BLS calls it the monthly labor force recode.
The actual codes for the two are very similar except unemployed.
IPUMS’ EMPSTAT breaks unemployed down to Unemployed, experienced worker (21) and Unemployed, new worker (22).
Census/BLS’s PEML breaks unemployed down to Unemployed, on layoff (3) and Unemployed, looking (4).
Is the IPUMS classification for unemployed in EMPSTAT correct? Is experienced worker the same as layoff and new worker the same as looking? Or does IPUMS break down unemployed between those who have had jobs in the past and those entering the labor force for the first time?