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Prevented from looking for work due to COVID-19 pandemic (CPS)

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COVIDLOOK reports whether the COVID-19 pandemic prevented those respondents who were not in the labor force from looking for work during the past four weeks.
This variable is part of a battery of five supplemental questions added to the CPS basic monthly survey in May of 2020 to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor force.
This variable was collected during the final CPS interview, conducted 2-5 months before the ATUS interview.


This variable is comparable across time.


  • CPS respondents ages 16+ who are not in the labor force.


  • 2020-2022


This variable has no flags.