LFS series - detailed quarterly survey results (from 1998 onwards) (lfsq)

Reference Metadata in Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS)

Compiling agency: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union


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Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

1.2. Contact organisation unit

Unit F3: Labour market and lifelong learning

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG


2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 28/01/2019
2.2. Metadata last posted 28/01/2019
2.3. Metadata last update 28/01/2019


3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

The section 'LFS series - detailed quarterly survey results' reports detailed quarterly results going beyond the EU-LFS main aggregates, which have a separate data domain and some methodological differences.

This data collection covers all main labour market characteristics, i.e. the total population, activity and activity rates, employment, employment rates, self-employed, employees, temporary employment, full-time and part-time employment, population in employment having a second job, working time, total unemployment and inactivity.

General information on the EU-LFS can be found in the ESMS page for 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

Detailed information on the main features, the legal basis, the methodology and the data as well as on the historical development of the EU-LFS is available on the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) webpage.

3.2. Classification system

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

3.3. Coverage - sector

As a general rule the EU-LFS covers all economic sectors.

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

The European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) provides population estimates for the main labour market characteristics, such as employment, unemployment, inactivity, hours of work, occupation, economic activity and other labour related variables, as well as important socio-demographic characteristics, such as sex, age, education, household characteristics and regions of residence.

The definitions of employment and unemployment, as well as other survey characteristics follow the definitions and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation. The definition of unemployment is further precised in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1897/2000.

For more details, please consult the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Methodology.

3.5. Statistical unit

Persons

3.6. Statistical population

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

3.7. Reference area

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

3.8. Coverage - Time

Data are available from 1998 onwards for the quarterly series.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable.


4. Unit of measure Top

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


5. Reference Period Top

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

Not applicable


7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

A release calendar for the EU-LFS main indicators is in place, foreseeing the release of the main indicators four weeks after the data delivery deadline. In addition Eurostat continually updates the Eurostat online database with new data after final data processing in Eurostat.

For more details, please consult the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) – data and publication.

8.2. Release calendar access

Not applicable

8.3. Release policy - user access

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


9. Frequency of dissemination Top

Quarterly


10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

Not applicable.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

For more information on the publication, please consult EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Data and publication.

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

EU-LFS anonymised microdata are available for research purposes. Please refer to access to microdata.

10.5. Dissemination format - other

See: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

10.6. Documentation on methodology

For a detailed description of methods and concepts used, as well as for other documents related to the EU-LFS, please consult the  EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) webpage.

The EU-LFS disseminates also publications on the methodology of the survey. For more information please consult: Quality reports and methodological publications.

10.7. Quality management - documentation

see section 11.1.


11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

11.2. Quality management - assessment

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

EU-LFS results are used by the DG Employment and a number of other Directorates of the Commission mainly for measurement and monitoring of policy agendas purposes. The European Central Bank (ECB) uses short term LFS statistics related to Euro area. Key users include NSI's, international organizations, news agencies and researchers which use of various aspects of EU-LSF data for international or intra EU comparisons. Finally, LFS data are used by Eurostat for compiling detailed regional indicators, for estimates on current education and education levels, higher education and research, and for accurate estimates of labour input of national accounts.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

12.3. Completeness

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

13.2. Sampling error

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

13.3. Non-sampling error

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

14.2. Punctuality

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

15.2. Comparability - over time

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

15.4. Coherence - internal

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').


16. Cost and Burden Top

Not available


17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

17.2. Data revision - practice

For information on EU-LFS data revisions, please consult EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Data and publication


18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

18.2. Frequency of data collection

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

18.3. Data collection

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

18.4. Data validation

Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in section 'related metadata').

18.5. Data compilation

EU and Euro area aggregates are calculated aggregating estimated population totals from Member States. For the data expressed in absolute values for each quarter (i.e. number of persons/households) no further Eurostat weighting is used. Rates/ratios are subsequently calculated from the data expressed in absolute values (i.e. number of persons/households).  

18.6. Adjustment

No adjustments are made to the EU-LFS data. Please note that Eurostat also publishes LFS adjusted series under the collection 'LFS main indicators'.


19. Comment Top

No notes.


Related metadata Top
employ_esms - Employment and unemployment (Labour force survey)


Annexes Top
EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) webpage (additional metadata information)