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J005First we want to ask you some questions about your current employment situation.

Are you working now, temporarily laid off, unemployed and looking for work, disabled and unable to work, retired, a homemaker, or what?
CURRENT JOB STATUS
J007In what month and year did you become unemployed?MO UNEMPLOYED
J008YR UNEMPLOYED
J010Do you expect to go back to this job?EXPECT TO GO BACK TO JOB - LAID OFF
J011In what month and year did you last work on this job?MO LAST WORKED - LAID OFF
J012YR LAST WORKED - LAID OFF
J014In what month and year did you become disabled?DISABLED MO
J015DISABLED YR
J017In what month and year did you retire?RETIRED MO
J018RETIRED YR
J020Are you doing any work for pay at the present time?WORKING FOR PAY
J021^FLJ021 do you work for someone else or are you self-employed?WORK FOR SOMEONE ELSE/SLF-EMPLOYED
J023^FLJ023MONTH STOPPED WORKING
J024YEAR STOPPED WORKING
J028Were there any months since ^z092, ^z093 when you were not working for pay?ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
J031Were you paid a regular salary or wages?PAID REGULAR SALARY
J032How much were you paid before taxes and other deductions?AMOUNT PAID REGULAR SALARY
J033_UnfWas it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J036Was that per hour, week, month, or year?AMOUNT PER
J038Did you receive some or all of the net earnings or profits?

[DEF: Net earnings or profit is total business incomes less total business expenses.]
RECEIVE EARNINGS
J039^FLJ039AMOUNT PAID REGULAR SALARY
J040_UnfWas it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J043Was that per hour, week, month, or year?AMOUNT PER
J045According to our records, in ^Z092, ^Z093 you were ^FLJ045.

Are you still working ^FLJ045_2?
STILL WORKING FOR EMPLOYER
J055Were there any months since ^z092, ^z093 when you did not work for ^FLJ055?ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
J058^FLJ058SAME JOB TITLE
J063^FLJ063MONTH RETIRE
J064YEAR RETIRE
J067^FLJ067EARNINGS BEFORE RETIREMENT
J068_UnfWas it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J071Was that per hour, week, month, or year?AMOUNT PER
J073^FLJ073WHY STOPPED WORKING
J075Did your employment situation change in some way that encouraged you to leave?DID EMPLOYMENT SITUATION CHANGE
J076How did it change? Please select all that apply.HOW CHANGED
J078If your employer had allowed you to work fewer hours with correspondingly less pay, would you have continued working there?CONTINUE WORKED IF FEWER HOURS OFFERED
J079Did your employer experience a permanent reduction in employment between ^z092, ^z093 and the time you were leaving?PERMANENT REDUCTION
J080^FLJ080ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
J080_month
J080_year
J169In what month and year did you start doing this kind of work? Please include work for previous employers.MONTH STARTED THIS KIND OF WORK
J170YEAR STARTED THIS KIND OF WORK
J172^FLJ172HRS WORK PER WEEK
J173Do you work ^FLJ173_1 number of hours nearly every week, or do the hours you work vary a lot from week to week?HOURS STAY SAME OR VARY
J174How many hours would you work in a week with relatively long hours?HRS PER WEEK-LONG HRS
J175How many hours in a relatively short week?HRS PER WEEK-SHORTHRS
J176How many weeks of paid time off do you get each year?NUMBER WEEKS PAID TIME OFF
J177Time unit:TIME UNIT FOR WEEKS PAID TIME OFF
J179^FLJ179WKS PR YR USUALLY WORK
J180In the last 12 months, did you miss any days from work because of your health?MISS ANY DYS BECAUSE OF HEALTH
J181About how many days did you miss?# DYS MISSED
J183How many days of paid sick leave at full pay do you earn each year?PAID SICK DAYS PER YEAR
J183_differsHow many days of paid sick leave at full pay do you earn each year?PAID SICK DAYS PER YEAR NOT SET
J184Does your employer provide coverage for long-term disability on this job?LONG TERM DISABILITY
J185On your job, do you make decisions about the pay and promotion of others?DECISIONS ABOUT PAY/PROMOTION
J186For how many people do you make pay and promotion decisions?OW MANY PAY AND PROMOTION DECISIONS
J187Are you paid a regular salary or wages?PAID REGULAR SALARY/WAGES
J188How much are you paid before taxes and other deductions?SELF-EMPLOYMENT SALARY AMOUNT
J189_UnfPer year, is it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J192Per:SELF-EMPLOYMENT SALARY AMOUNT PER
J194Do you receive some or all of the net earnings or profits?

(Net earning or profit is total business incomes less total business expenses.)
REC NET EARNINGS/PROFITS
J195^FLJ195AMT NET EARNINGS/PROFITS
J196_UnfPer year, is it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
J196_Unf_RandomRANDOM START NUMBER FOR UNFOLDING BRACKETS
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J199Per:AMT NET EARNINGS/PROFITS PER
J201Including yourself, how many people work in this business?# EMPLOYEES IN BUSINESS
J202Does your ^FLHWP do any work for the business?SP WORK IN BUSINESS
J203How many hours a week does ^FLSPPHESHE usually work for the business?HOURS/WEEK SP WORKS
J204Is ^FLSPPHESHE paid a regular salary?SP PAID REGULAR SALARY
J205How are you paid on this job?HOW PAID ON JOB
J206How much is your salary, before taxes and other deductions?AMOUNT OF SALARY ON JOB
J207_UnfPer year, is it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J210Per:AMOUNT OF SALARY ON JOB PER
J212If you were to work more hours than usual during some weeks, would you get paid for those extra hours, get time off later, or get no compensation for the extra hours?HOW PAID FOR OVERTIME
J213About how much would you make per hour for those extra hours?OVERTIME RATE
J215How much would you make per hour for each extra hour?OVERTIME RATE - $
J216What is your hourly wage rate for regular work time?HRLY WAGE RATE
J217_UnfPer hour, is it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J220What is your hourly wage rate for overtime?OVERTIME RATE HOURLY WAGE
J222What is your hourly wage rate for overtime?OVERTIME RATE HOURLY WAGE - $ PER HOUR
J223During the last year, in how many weeks did you work some overtime?# WKS WORKED OVERTIME
J224Are you required to work overtime, or is it pretty much up to you?OVERTIME REQUIRED
J225What does that amount to, before taxes and other deductions, in an average week or month?AMOUNT PAID FOR OVERTIME
J226Per:AMOUNT PAID FOR OVERTIME PER
J228If you worked an extra hour, how much would you earn for that?HRLY OVERTIME RATE
J228_timeoffIf you worked an extra hour, how much would you earn for that?HRLY OVERTIME RATE get time off
J230How much are you paid before taxes and other deductions?AMOUNT PAID
J231Per:AMOUNT PAID PER
J233If you worked an extra hour, how much would you earn for that hour?HRLY OVERTIME RATE - OTHER
J233_timeoffIf you worked an extra hour, how much would you earn for that hour?HRLY OVERTIME RATE - OTHER get time off
J234^FLJ234 you reduce the number of paid hours in your regular work schedule?ABLE TO REDUCE PAID WORK HRS
J235Would you like to do so even if your earnings were reduced in the same proportion?LIKE TO REDUCE HRS
J236How many hours would you like to work each week?DESIRED HRS OF WORK/WK- REDUCE HRS
J241Could you increase the number of paid hours in your regular work schedule?ABLE TO INCREASE PAID WORK HRS
J242Would you like to do so if your earnings were increased in the same proportion?LIKE TO INCREASE HRS
J243How many hours would you like to work each week?DESIRED HRS OF WORK/WK- INCREASE HRS
J244About how many employees work for this company or organization at the location where you work?NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT LOCATION
J245Is it fewer than 5, 5 to 14, 15 to 24, 25 to 49, 50 to 99, 100 to 499, or 500 or more?ESTIMATED # EMPLOYEES AT LOCATION
J246About how many employees work for this company or organization at all locations?NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AT ALL LOCATION
J247Is it fewer than 5, 5 to 14, 15 to 24, 25 to 49, 50 to 99, 100 to 499, or 500 or more?ESTIMATED # EMPLOYEES AT ALL LOCATION
J247_minimum
J248^FLJ248_2MO-START WORK FOR CURRENT EMPLOYER
J248_monthMONTH J249
J248_yearYEAR J248
J249YR-START WORK FOR CURRENT EMPLOYER
J252You indicated that you started working for your current ^FLJ252 and left your previous job in ^J252_year. Is that correct?confirmation when started and left
J252_year
J253Did you leave your previous employer in ^J252_year?confirmation when left
J254In what year did you stop working at your previous job?when stopped working
J255Did you start your current job in ^j249?confirmation when started
J256In what year did you start working at your current job?when started working
J257What was your starting pay, before taxes and other deductions?CURRENT JOB- STARTING PAY
J258Per:CURRENT JOB- STARTING PAY- PER
J260Were there any months since ^J260_month, ^J260_year when you did not work ^FLJW778_extra4?ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
J260_month
J260_year
J263Has your employer experienced a permanent reduction in employment ^FLJ263?CURRENT EMPLOYER EXP PERM REDUCTION
J264Has this downsizing affected workers whose jobs are similar to yours?CURRENT EMPLOYER- DOWNSIZE AFFECT JOBS
J266Are you covered by a union or employee-association contract?UNION/EMPLOYEE-ASSOCIATION
J501Now we have some questions about your work experience.

Counting high school graduation as 12 years, about how many years of school would you say are needed to do your job reasonably well?
EDUCATION NEEDED FOR JOB
J502For someone with this much formal schooling, about how much experience do you think it would take to become good at your job?EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR JOB
J503Unit:EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR JOB - UNIT
J505Sometimes people look for a different job even when they are currently working. Are you currently looking for another job?LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB CURRENTLY
J506Are you looking for jobs only in the area where you live, or are you considering jobs that would require you to move?JOB SEARCH IN AREA
J507Are you looking for part-time or full-time work?LOOKING FULL/PART-TIME WORK
J508Are you looking for the same kind of work you’re doing now, or something different?LOOKING SAME/DIFFERENT KIND OF WORK
J510During the past four weeks, what have you been doing to find another job? Please select all that apply.DOING WHAT TO FIND JOB
J512How many employers did you visit?# EMPLOYERS VISITED
J513How many employers did you call or write?# EMPLOYERS CALLED/WROTE
J514If you found out about another job like the one you have now, would you look into it?LOOK INTO ANOTHER SIMILAR JOB
J517Have you been doing anything to find work during the last four weeks?DOING WHAT TO FIND WORK- NOT WORKING
J518Are you looking for part-time or full-time work?LOOKING FULL/PART-TIME WORK- NOT WORKING
J519Are you looking for the same kind of work you did before, or something different?LOOKING SAME/DIFFERENT WORK- NOT WORKING
J521If you were to be offered work like that, how high would the wage or salary have to be for you to take it?WAGE/SALARY NECESSARY TO TAKE JOB
J521_noneIf you were to be offered work like that, how high would the wage or salary have to be for you to take it?WAGE/SALARY NECESSARY TO TAKE JOB no amount needed
J522Per:WAGE/SALARY NECESSARY TO TAKE JOB - PER
J524What are all of the things you have done to find work during the last four weeks?WHAT DONE TO FIND WORK
J526How many employers did you ^FLJ526?# EMPLOYERS CONTACT- NOT WORKING
J527Do you currently want a job, either full-time or part-time?WANT JOB CURRENTLY
J528Would you prefer part-time or full-time?WANT FULL/PART-TIME WORK- NOT WORKING
J529If someone offered you a regular job now, how high would the wage or salary have to be for you to take it?WAGE NECESSARY TO TAKE REGULAR JOB NOW
J530_UnfPer year, would it be more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J533Per:WAGE/SALARY NECESSARY TO TAKE JOB NOW - PER
J535What is the main reason you were not looking for work during the last four weeks?WHY NOT LOOK FOR WORK
J538My job requires lots of physical effort.PHYSICAL EFFORT
J539My job requires lifting heavy loads.LIFTING HEAVY LOADS
J540My job requires stooping, kneeling, or crouching.STOOPING/KNEELING/CROUCHING
J541My job requires good eyesight.GOOD EYESIGHT
J542My job requires intense concentration or attention.INTENSE CONCENTRATION
J543My job requires skill in dealing with other people.PEOPLE SKILLS
J544Thinking of your job, please indicate how often this statement is true:

My job requires me to work with computers.
COMPUTER USAGE
J546My job requires me to do more difficult things than it used to.MORE DIFFICULT THINGS REQUIRED
J547My job involves a lot of stress.A LOT OF STRESS
J548In decisions about promotion, my employer gives younger people preference over older people.PREFERENCE TO YOUNG FOR PROMOTION
J549My co-workers make older workers feel that they ought to retire before age 65.PRESSURE TO RETIRE
J550As I get older, I would prefer to gradually reduce the hours I work on this job, keeping my pay per hour the same.GRADUALLY REDUCE HRS
J551My employer would let older workers move to a less demanding job with less pay if they wanted to.MOVE TO LESS DEMANDING JOB
J552I really enjoy going to work.ENJOY GOING TO WORK
J553Now we have some questions about any other paid job you may have.

Are you doing any other work for pay now, such as (a/another) business of your own, a second job or the military reserves?
ANY OTR PAID WORK
J554Is this your own business, a second job, the military reserves, or something else? Please choose all that apply.KIND 2ND JOB
J556How many hours a week do you usually work on (this other job/these other jobs)?HRS/WK ON 2ND JOB
J557How many weeks a year do you usually work on this other job/these other jobs? Please include any weeks of paid vacations.WKS/YR ON 2ND JOB
J558About how much do you earn before taxes from this other job/these other jobs?EARNINGS ON SECOND JOB
J559_UnfPer year, is it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J562Per:EARNINGS ON SECOND JOB - PER
J596^FLJ596any work for pay
J596_month
J596_year
J599During these months, how many hours per week did you usually work?number of hours
J600On average, how much were you earning before deductions during these months?how much earning
J601_UnfWas it more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J604Was that per hour, week, month, or year?AMOUNT PER
J606Counting yourself as an employer if you were self employed, for how many employers did you work during those months?how many employers
J607Why did you stop working at that job? Please choose all that apply.WHY STOPPED WORKING
J609Did your employment situation change in some way that encouraged you to leave?DID EMPLOYMENT SITUATION CHANGE
J610How did it change? Please choose all that apply.HOW EMPLOYMENT SITUATION CHANGE
J612Counting paid vacations as weeks of work, how many weeks did you work in the last 12 months? Please count paid sick time as work time.NUMBER OF WEEKS WORKED IN LAST 12 MONTHS
J650How often did you receive assistance with giving answers to the questions about your employment situation?ASSIST SECTION J
J676Is your current job covered by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)? That is, do you pay social security taxes?CURRENT JOB COVERED BY FICA
J720Are you employed by the government at the federal, state, or local level?

This includes teachers and other service workers who are on the payrolls of local government, school districts, and other agencies of state and local government.
EMPLOYEE/GOVN'T-CURRENTPENSION SAME
J721Would that be the federal, state, or local government?EMPL/GOV-ST,LOCAL,FED-CURRENTPENSIONSAME
J842_UnfPer year, would it be more, about, or less than...Was it more, about, or less than...
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J940If you wanted to work half time on this job, would your employer allow you to do that?ABLE TO WORK HALF-TIME
J941If you reduced to half time, would your pay be cut in proportion to your reduction in hours, would it be cut more than that, or would it be cut less than that?PAY CUT IN PROPORTION TO HRS
J942If you reduced to half time, would your health insurance benefits be reduced, eliminated, or kept the same?REDUCED HRS- AFFECT HEALTH BENEFITS
J943If you reduced to half time, would your eligibility for pension benefits be affected?REDUCED HRS- AFFECT PENSION BENEFITS
J950DATE STOP WORK FOR EMP AS DATETYPE
J951How many weeks of paid time off do you get each year?NUMBER WEEKS PAID TIME OFF
J952TIME UNIT FOR WEEKS PAID TIME OFF
J953TIME UNIT FOR WKS PAID PAID TIME OFF- SPECIFY
J957Is it fewer than 5, 5 to 14, 15 to 24, 25 to 49, 50 to 99, 100 to 499, or 500 or more?ESTIMATED # EMPLOYEES IN BUSINESS
J958According to our records, in ^Z092, ^Z093 you were self-employed. Do you have the same business that you had in ^z092, ^z093 or is it a different business?SAME BUSINESS
J963Have you worked for pay in the last 12 months?WORKED FOR PAY IN LAST 12 MONTHS
JW168_1Is the correct name of your employer "^A508"?CONFIRM PREVIOUS WAVE EMPLOYER
JW777_1Were there any months in ^JW777startyr2 when you were not working for pay?YEAR ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
JW777_2Were there any months in ^JW777startyr2 when you were not working for ^FLJ055?YEAR ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
JW777_3Were there any months in ^JW777startyr2 when you were not working ^FLJW778_extra?YEAR ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
JW777_4Were there any months in ^JW777startyr2 when you were not working ^FLJW778_extra4?YEAR ANY MONTHS NOT WORKING
JW777_5Were there any months in ^JW777startyr2 when you did any work for pay?YEAR ANY MONTHS WORKING
JW777startyrSTARTING YEAR FOR JW777 LOOP
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