I am looking for labor force participation rates by county for 1950 and 1960. Do you have advice for how to find that data?
The IPUMS geographic variable selection page (link below) shows X’s for COUNTY and COUNTYFIPS for 1950 and 1960, indicating availability for those variables in those years. I see now, though, that county information is not, in fact, available.
Answers to other questions posted here have been helpful. Aggregate data (at the county level) would be sufficient for me, so I’ve tried NHGIS. But NHGIS does not have this data for 1960. I’ve also tried using metro area, but that does not allow me to identify county for many households.
I believe this leaves me to manually enter data (for ~3000 counties) from scanned reports from the 1960 census. Before I try that, I wanted to ask if anybody knows if these variables are available in a database.
Many thanks for your help.