Protocol - Current Employment Status
The interviewer asks the respondent about his or her current employment status.
We would like to know about what you do-are you working now, looking for work, retired, keeping house, a student, or what?
[ ] 1 WORKING NOW
[ ] 2 ONLY TEMPORARILY LAID OFF, SICK LEAVE, OR MATERNITY LEAVE
[ ] 3 LOOKING FOR WORK, UNEMPLOYED
[ ] 4 RETIRED
[ ] 5 DISABLED, PERMANENTLY, OR TEMPORARILY
[ ] 6 KEEPING HOUSE
[ ] 7 STUDENT
[ ] 8 OTHER (SPECIFY):
Protocol Name from Source:
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), 2007
Personnel and Training Required
The interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population. The interviewer must be trained and found to be competent (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of personal interviews.* The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "don’t know" response is provided.
* There are multiple modes to administer this question (e.g., paper-and-pencil and computer-assisted interviews).
While the source protocol was developed to be administered by a computer-assisted telephone instrument, the PhenX Working Group acknowledges these questions can be administered in a noncomputerized format (i.e., paper-and-pencil instrument). Computer software is necessary to develop computer-assisted instruments. The interviewer will require a laptop computer or handheld computer to administer a computer-assisted questionnaire.
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
An individual aged 16 or older.
Although a variety of questions have been used to ascertain employment status, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) version was chosen because the PSID is one of the longest-standing and most comprehensive longitudinal studies of labor force participation available in the United States. An important feature of the PSID version of the employment question is that it ascertains more detailed information related to nonemployed individuals (e.g., retirees, students).
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Current Employment Status||2003074||CDE Browser|
|Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)||Current employment proto||63062-4||LOINC|
Process and Review
The Expert Review Panel #2 (ERP 2) reviewed the measures in the Demographics, Environmental Exposures, and Social Environments domains.
Guidance from ERP 2 includes:
• No significant changes to measure
Back-compatible: no changes to Data Dictionary
Previous version in Toolkit archive (link)
University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research. (2007). Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Ann Arbor, MI: Author. Question number BC1.
Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Data Shaper.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||Version||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX011301_Current_Employment_Status||PX011301010000||We would like to know about what you do --are you working now, looking for work, retired, keeping house, a student, or what?||Variable Mapping|
|PX011301_Current_Employment_Status_Specify||PX011301020000||We would like to know about what you do --are you working now, looking for work, retired, keeping house, a student, or what? Other (Specify)||Variable Mapping|
Current Employment Status
May 31, 2016
Question asking the respondent for his or her current employment status.
The purpose of this question is to ascertain whether the respondent is presently in the labor force. Employed persons differ considerably from those who are not employed in terms of their health, health insurance, and demographic characteristics (e.g., age). Moreover, nonemployed persons are also heterogeneous, representing those who are retired, in school, homemakers, not seeking work, and others. These nonemployed individuals also vary in health, health insurance, and demographic characteristics.
Demographics, job, employment, work, unemployed, occupation, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, PSID