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Work loss days, past 12 months

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WLDAYR reports the number of days the respondent missed work because of an illness or injury in the last 12 months. Responses were reported as a value between 0 and 366. Absence due to maternity leave was not included.

The 1997 Field Representative's Manual describes work loss day as missing more than one-half of the usual work day from a job or business because of illness or injury. Interviewers were instructed to "always probe for an exact number. If the sample adult reports a range or interval, assist the sample adult in making an estimate by probing. For example, you might ask 'Could you give me a more exact number?'"

The universe for this question includes those who worked without pay.


WLDAYR is fully comparable over time.


  • 1997-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Sample adults age 18+ who worked during past 12 months.


  • 1997-2018