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This variable indicates the person's primary occupation, coded into a contemporary census classification scheme. Generally, the primary occupation is the one from which the person earns the most money; if respondents were not sure about this, they were to report the one at which they spent the most time. Unemployed persons were to give their most recent occupation. For persons listing more than one occupation, the samples use the first one listed. 


  • United States 1980: Persons age 16+ who had worked within the previous five years; not armed forces, not new workers


  • United States: 1980

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