I am looking to document labor force flows at the MSA level, using CPS data. In particular, I would like to examine how flows from “not in labor force” to “employed” have changed over time. I extracted LABFORCE to obtain flow data and METAREA to obtain associated MSA-level information. My questions are as follows:
(1) I do not see “employed” as an option within LABFORCE; I only see “Yes, in the labor force.” Can I find “employed” elsewhere?
(2) My understanding is the METAREA identifiers track household geography. To track labor force flows, then, can I simply track an identifier’s status from year to year? Again, my end goal is to find MSA-level data on individuals (or households) moving from “not in labor force” to “employed.”