I am using IPUMS-CPS basic monthly variable labforce.
When I run Stata code…
tab labforce if popstat==1 & age>=16 [iw=wtfinl]
…I match BLS’s “civilian noninstitutional population” number exactly (as it is posted in table A-1, monthly employment situation, not seasonally adjusted).
However, the categories of labforce (civilian labor force and NILF) do not match what BLS publishes in the same table under the same name.
My ultimate goal is to match the unemployment rate published by BLS so that I can then calculate my own unemployment rates for specific age groups.
I know we can’t always expect to match published numbers *exactly*, but in this case I am matching “civilian noninstitutional population” exactly. So my sense is the more specific categories should be expected to match as well.
In addition, I know I’ve matched the unemployment rate before by using NBER’s extracts. However, I’m trying to get in the habit of using IPUMS since it provides a great historical range.
Any guidance would be much appreciated!