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We asked... You told us: Employment Status

Report Number CQC-20

In questions 21, 25, and 26 on the 1990 census forms, we asked people to tell us about their connection to the paid workforce in the week before they filled out the census questionnaires. We used the answers to classify civilian persons of working age (16 years and over) as employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force.

We classified persons who had a job as “employed.” Persons on layoff and those looking for work who could take a job were classified as “unemployed.” All other persons⁠—mostly retirees, homemakers, and full-time students⁠—were classified as “not in the labor force.”

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