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Unable to work due to COVID-19 pandemic (CPS)

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COVIDUNAW reports whether the respondent was unable to work during the previous four weeks because their employer closed or lost business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 age 16+.


  • 2020-2022


This variable has no flags.