Labour force survey
Producer: Statistics Finland
Main topic: Labour Market
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes
The Labour Force Survey collects statistical data on the participation in work, employment, unemployment and activity of persons outside the labour force among the population aged between 15 and 74. The Labour Force Survey data collection is based on a random sample drawn twice a year from the Statistics Finland population database. The monthly sample consists of some 12,000 persons and the data are collected with computer-assisted telephone interviews. The information provided by the respondents is used to produce a picture of the activities of the entire population aged between 15 and 74. A so-called ad hoc module with annually changing topics is also carried out in connection with the Labour Force Survey.
The Labour Force Survey produces monthly, quarterly and annual data on e.g. employment, unemployment, different employment relationships, working hours and work input. The activity of the population outside the labour force is also examined. Data are available by gender, level of education, age and area. In addition, the Labour Force Survey contains data reported annually on the employment of households. The majority of the data collected are required by the EU Regulation. The basic data are confidential.
A fairly limited additional inquiry, or a so-called ad hoc module, which has an annually varying topic and is directed at a subsample is attached to the Labour Force Survey. Conducting of this additional inquiry is subject to an EU Regulation. Ad hoc module topics include i.a. accidents at work and occupational diseases, transition from school to working life, length and patterns of working time, employment of disabled people, lifelong learning, reconciliation between work and family life and transition from work into retirement.
Standard Industrial Classification (TOL 2008), Classification of Occupations 2001 and Classification of Occupations 2010, Classification of Socio-economic Groups 1989, Classification of Education 1997, Regional Classification: Major Region (NUTS2), Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI), Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre), Region (NUTS3).
Data collection methods and data sources
The Labour Force Survey data collection is based on a random sample drawn twice a year from the Statistics Finland population database. The size of the sample is approximately 12,000 persons per month. The data are collected with a telephone-assisted telephone interview. One respondent is interviewed altogether five times.
Time of completion or release
Monthly, quarterly and annually. The data are available approximately three to four weeks from the reference time period. A file complying with the relevant Regulation is also supplied quarterly to the EU, from which the EU compiles comparable statistics concerning its Member States.
Data are available starting from 1959. Uniform time series of data complying with the definitions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are available starting from 1989.
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Last updated 28.06.2013