I’m working with the BMS and interested in knowing the industry and occupation of the last job held by individuals NILF. I’d prefer to focus on the marginally attached. But I’m struggling with two things:
According to descriptions of the major industry and occupation variables I’m using (UH_INDMAJ_B2; UH_INDOCC_B2), there should be industry and occupation data for those respondents NILF with any work in the prior 12 months. But it seems like the responses are inconsistent – for instance, a respondent who’s employed in one month, then NILF the next month(s), will have a non-missing industry value in the survey month they’re employed, then have a missing industry value in the next month(s) when they’re NILF. Or a respondent whose labor force status of NILF doesn’t change over the course of four interviews will have a non-missing industry value for just one interview month. Have others raised this as an issue in the past? Is there anything that can be done to resolve (other than cautiously imputing industry/occupation data provided in other interview months)?
How do I isolate the marginally attached in the BMS (IPUMS extract)? I assume they’re a subset of those captured in the “nilf, other” category of EMPSTAT? I feel like others have asked this question here, but haven’t received clear responses.
Thanks so much.