I have a question about deriving estimates of the number of people not in the labor force that want a job using basic monthly files. As a crosscheck, I tried to derive the 2018 annual average CPS national published estimate for not in labor force, want a job (5,249,000). It appears that the variable WANTJOB is only available in the ASEC IPUMS files, though, not the monthly. Also, it does not seem that WNLOOK covers all not in the labor force people that want a job in the basic monthly files; when I sum the non-999 responses from WNLOOK (US 2018 annual average), I get 4,472,509, much less than the 5,249,000.
A note in Table 35 referenced below says that the 5,249,000 figure “includes some persons who are not asked if they want a job.” Are you aware if we can derive this 5,249,000 number using the IPUMS basic monthly files? I know the Census modifies some of the individual records, so the totals between published figures and those using PUMS may differ slightly, but it seems like something else is going on here to have that large of a difference. Using annual averages would allow for a bigger sample than the ASEC, especially helpful at the state level.
Note – the 5,249,000 figure comes from Table 35 here: https://www.bls.gov/cps/tables.htm#empstat
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.