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Usual Work
Description
A set of self-reported, related components about the work a person performed for the longest amount of time during his or her life, regardless of the person's current job and regardless of whether or not the person performed this work for a continuous time. It can span multiple work situations or training positions. A Usual Work element includes one of each component: (1) Usual Occupation, (2) Usual Industry, (3) Usual Occupation Start Year, and (4) Usual Occupation Duration. (1) Usual Occupation is a self-reported, coded term for the type of work (paid or unpaid) done by a person for the longest amount of time during his or her life, not including voluntary work (done by choice for the benefit of others without compensation). If an appropriate term is not available (e.g., a new type of work), then a text entry is used. (2) Usual Industry is a self-reported term that identifies the kind of business, i.e., primary business activity, in which a person has worked for the longest time while in their Usual Occupation. For a military position, this is the self-reported branch of service. If an appropriate term is not available (e.g., a new kind of business), then a text entry is used. (3) Usual Occupation Start Year is the self-reported year that a person started working in their Usual Occupation. (4) Usual Occupation Duration is the self-reported total of all periods of time (in years) a person has spent in their Usual Occupation as of the date recorded, not including intermittent period(s) when the person was not working in that occupation. It is recorded as an integer to one decimal place.

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