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General industry classification, main job (CPS)

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IND2_CPS8 reports the type of industry in which the person performed his or her primary occupation. "Industry" refers to the work setting and economic sector, while "occupation" relates to the worker's specific technical function.

This variable provides the same information as IND_CPS8, which provides the four-digit Census industry codes. For the convenience of researchers who do not need the level of detail available in IND_CPS8, IND2_CPS8 collapses all industries in the four-digit classification scheme into 52 broader industries. In addition, researchers who prefer even less detail may use the first two digits of IND2_CPS8 to create an industry variable with only 22 categories.

IND2_CPS8 was drawn from the final CPS interview, conducted 2-5 months before the ATUS interview. Industry information for the respondent's main job was also collected at the time of the ATUS interview. See IND2 (and IND).

If a respondent has another (second) job, IND2_OJ_CPS8 reports the industry information for that job using the same industry categories as IND2_CPS8. IND_OJ_CPS8 reports industry information for the second job using the four-digit Census industry codes. Industry information for the second job was not collected during the ATUS interview.


This variable is fully comparable across years aside from changes in detailed industries (see IND_CPS8). Its ATUS parallel, IND2, does not include a category for the armed forces whereas this one does.


  • CPS Civilians 15+ who: were currently employed; or had worked previously and were looking for work; or were not currently in the labor force but had worked previously.


  • 2003-2022


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