I am finding that the average of “ahrsworkt” suddenly drops in September 2020 in a manner that does not seem a priori reasonable (there is a sudden drop from August to September and then a sudden increase back to “average” in October; see table pasted below). Looking closely to the distribution of hours I found that the skewness of that variable increased a lot that month of September and that this is due to a large increase in the number of individuals that report working 32 hours for which I cannot find any economic explanation.
In case it helps, I am also finding that that same month (September) the proportion of full-time workers suddenly drops in September, and then by 15% or so and then increases back to “average” in October.
Is this variation in “ahrsworkt” and part-time work genuine or are they due to a specific issue related to the construction or compilation of those variables from the original Census source?
Any thoughts about this? All help would be appreciated.
. table modate if year==2020,c(mean ahrsworkt mean FT mean prop_h32)