Data Cart

Your data extract

0 variables
0 samples
View Cart
Unable to work due to health problem

Codes and Frequencies

Can't find the category you are looking for? Try the Detailed codes


LANOWORK indicates whether a physical, mental, or emotional problem currently kept an adult from working at a job or business.

The term "problem" was respondent-defined. Nonetheless, the Field Representative's Manual for 1997 forward informed interviewers what was intended by this term. The text states,

A problem is defined as the respondent's perception of a chronic, perhaps permanent, departure from physical, mental or emotional well-being. Short-term disabilities (such as pregnancy or injury where full recovery is expected) should not be included as problems.

The text for 2001 forward also states,

A health problem is respondent defined. Generally speaking, though, it is any condition, physical, mental, or emotional, which causes limitation in activity . . . Do not include pregnancy or delivery as a health problem.
LAMTWRK repeats the information included in LANOWORK (i.e., those with an affirmative response in LANOWORK are coded as "Unable to work," code "3," in LAMTWRK). For adults who were not "unable to work," LAMTWRK provides additional information about whether the person was limited in the kind or amount of work (code "2") or not limited in work (code "1"), because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem.


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1997-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Persons age 18+.


  • 1997-2018