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5 Labour Force Survey data content from January 2008 onwards

1. Labour force status and other activity

  • Active population

  • Employed and employment rate

  • Unemployed and unemployment rate

  • Activity of persons not in labour force

  • Main activity (own view)

2. Data on workplace and occupation in both main and secondary job

  • Number of jobs

  • Size of workplace

  • Industry

  • Employer sector (private, local government, central government)

  • Location and country of workplace

  • Occupation

  • Status in employment (employee, self-employed, unpaid family worker)

  • Socio-economic group (manual worker, upper-level and lower-level employees)

  • Paid labour force of the self-employed

  • Employees in supervisory functions

  • Employees' monthly salary

3. Data on employment relationship

  • Permanent / temporary employment relationship and reason for temporary employment relationship

  • Duration of employment relationship

  • Part-time / full-time work and reason for part-time work

  • Temporary employment agency work

4. Data on working hours and arrangements related to them

  • Shift work

  • Period-based work

  • Usual weekly working hours

  • Hours worked (work input) in main and secondary job

  • Days worked

  • Overtime (paid / unpaid)

  • On-call hours at the place of work

  • Evening, night and weekend work

  • Working at home

  • Absence during the Survey week: main reason and duration of absence

  • Absence due to sickness and family leaves

5. Unemployment, underemployment, job seeking

  • Lay-off for a fixed period of time or until further notice

  • Duration of unemployment

  • Methods of job seeking

  • Obstacles to job seeking

  • Type of job sought (full-time or part-time job, as an employee or a self-employed person)

  • Valid registration with the employment and economic development office, and unemployment benefit

  • Underemployment: whether an employed person would like to increase his/her present working hours

  • Number of weekly working hours desired by the employed

  • Disguised unemployment

6. Education completed and studies in the past four weeks

  • General basic education

  • Qualification or degree attained (Register of Completed Education and Degrees)

  • Level and field of qualification or degree

  • Participation in education leading to a qualification or degree

  • Participation in course training

  • Participation in course training related to work or occupation

  • Participation in course training during paid working hours

  • Total number of lessons in four weeks

7. Previous activity

  • Activity one year ago and data on job held one year ago

  • Previous paid employment of persons currently unemployed during the past eight years and data on previous workplace

8. Data on the household

  • Size of household

  • Type of household

  • Activity of household members aged 15 to 74

  • Employment relationships and working hours of employed household members aged 15 to 74

The most important background variables for key employment and unemployment indicators

  • Sex

  • Age

  • Education

  • Region

  • Industry

  • Employer sector (private, local government, central government)

  • Occupation

  • Status in employment

  • Socio-economic group

Source: Labour Force Survey 2017. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ulla Hannula 029 551 2924, Pertti Taskinen 029 551 2690,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

Updated 12.4.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Employment and unemployment 2017, 5 Labour Force Survey data content from January 2008 onwards . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.4.2024].
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