Households statistics - LFS series (lfst_hh)

Reference Metadata in Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS)

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


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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
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)



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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

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG


2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 14/12/2018
2.2. Metadata last posted 19/02/2019
2.3. Metadata last update 19/02/2019


3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

The data collection 'LFS - specific topics, household statistics' covers a range of statistics on number, characteristics and typologies of households, based on the European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS). The data collection also encompasses some labour market indicators broken down by household composition. Only annual data are available.

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

The EU-LFS results are produced in accordance with the relevant international classification systems. The main classifications used are NACE Rev.1 (NACE Rev.1.1 from 2005) and NACE Rev. 2 (from 2008) for economic activity, ISCO 88 (COM) and ISCO 08 (from 2011) for occupation, ISCED 2011 (from 2014) for the level of education and ISCED-F 2013 for the field of education is in use since 2016, replacing the former ISCED 1997 codes. Actual coding in the EU-LFS may deviate to some extent from those general standards; for more details on classifications (including the comparability between the revised classifications), levels of aggregation and transition rules, please consult EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Methodology >> classifications

3.3. Coverage - sector

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

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

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 a description of the household composition, please consult the LFS User Guide on the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Methodology; for more general information on the EU-LFS, please consult the  EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) webpage.

3.5. Statistical unit

Persons and households.

3.6. Statistical population

The EU-LFS results cover the total population usually residing in Member States, except for persons living in collective or institutional households. While demographic data are gathered for all age groups, questions relating to labour market status are generally restricted to persons in the age group of 15 years or older. For more details and exceptions, please consult: EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Methodology.

Household statistics related to labour market status are restricted even to adults according the HHPERS household variable (HHPERS definition can be found in the LFS User Guide on the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) - Methodology

3.7. Reference area

European Union, Euro area, EU-Member States, the United Kingdom and four candidate countries (Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey). For the EFTA countries participating in LFS, i.e. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, no household data is available. Data for Cyprus refer only to the areas of Cyprus controlled by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Since 2014, data for France include also the French overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, La Réunion), with the exception of Mayotte.

3.8. Coverage - Time

Data are available from 2005 onwards.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable.


4. Unit of measure Top

Most indicators measure number of persons or households (thousands). Some indicators are reported as rates (employment, unemployment rates).


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

The release of EU-LFS household data is not bound by an advance release calendar.

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

Annual.


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

Not applicable.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

For more details on publications, please consult: EU-LFS - Data and publications.

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 related metadata section).

11.2. Quality management - assessment

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


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. Key users include NSI's, international organizations, news agencies and researchers which use of various aspects of EU-LFS 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 related metadata section).

12.3. Completeness

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


13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

The overall accuracy is considered as high. Please refer to the ESMS page on 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)' (see link below in related metadata section).

13.2. Sampling error

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

13.3. Non-sampling error

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


14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

Data are released approximately 6 months after the end of the reference period.

14.2. Punctuality

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


15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

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

15.2. Comparability - over time

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

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

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

15.4. Coherence - internal

EU-LFS estimates for a given reference period have full internal coherence, as they are all based on the same corpus of microdata and they calculated using the same estimation methods. Arithmetic and accounting identities in the production of LFS datasets are observed.


16. Cost and Burden Top

Not available


17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

The indicators in this domain are revised whenever revised Labour Force Survey data become available. Revisions of previously released data are not expected, unless major errors are identified in the data delivered or in their processing. Exceptional revisions may happen e.g. after new estimates of population from a population census.  

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 related metadata section).

18.2. Frequency of data collection

Since early 2000's, the EU-LFS has quarterly periodicity, previously it was an annual survey run in spring. Since the survey became quarterly, it includes both quarterly variables and annual variables (i.e. collected only once a year). The variables on household composition, which are used to estimate the data in this collection, are collected annually.

18.3. Data collection

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

18.4. Data validation

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

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.


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)