How do the original CPS variables map to EMPSTAT?


#1

Can you tell me how “unable to work” is coded? Is this exactly equal to disability or ill health as reason they are not in the labor force?


#2

The IPUMS CPS variable EMPSTAT is simply a harmonized version of the CPS source variable PEMLR (major labor force recode). Here is a link to the 2017 ASEC data dictionary. The “NILF, unable to work” code in EMPSTAT stems directly from the “NILF, disabled” in PEMLR.