Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Public microdata (also referred to as public use files, PUFs) for the European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) were created to enable interested parties to become familiar with microdata. At the same time the privacy of respondents had to be protected. The structure of the public microdata is the same as for the microdata for research (Scientific Use Files). The public microdata provide researchers and trainers the opportunity to develop programs using the same formats and variable names as for the actual LFS Scientific Use Files. The files have been designed with the purpose that programs and procedures created on the public microdata will also function on the Scientific Use Files.

The LFS public microdata files are protected with traditional statistical disclosure control methods (global recoding, local suppression and addition of noise). There are both annual and quarterly files.

The public microdata are tailored to the following purposes:

  • For statistical training at all levels;
  • To allow researchers to explore the content and complexity of the survey prior to requesting access to the confidential microdata;
  • To enable accredited researchers to develop and write a code that may eventually be applied to the scientific use files.

The public microdata cannot be used for any statistical inference to a wider population. No generalised statements about individual characteristics or relationships between different personal or household characteristics should be made on the basis of these data. Only the scientific use files should be used for publications as they alone provide a basis for valid analysis. Any calculations based on the public microdata or any conclusions drawn from the public microdata are at the sole risk and responsibility of the user. The National Statistical Institutes and Eurostat are not responsible for any improper use of these data. Neither the National Statistical Institutes nor Eurostat can guarantee the accuracy or reliability of results.

The Public Use Files are developed in agreement with article 19 of Regulation 223/2009 on European statistics.

The user guide for the Labour Force Survey gives an overview of the variables used in the survey. Further background information is available on the dedicated pages on statistics explained.

Currently public microdata are published for a limited number of countries; in the course of 2018 data will become available from more countries. The data are in CSV-format (comma-separated values) and grouped by country and year.

 

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EU28 Year
Belgium 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Bulgaria 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Czechia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Denmark 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Germany 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Estonia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ireland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Greece 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Spain 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
France 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
[HR] Croatia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Italy 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Cyprus 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Latvia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Lithuania 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Luxembourg 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
 Hungary 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Malta 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Netherlands 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Austria 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Poland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Portugal 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Romania 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Slovenia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Slovakia 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Finland 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Sweden 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
United Kingdom 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
EFTA Countries Year
[IS] Iceland
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
[LI] Liechtenstein
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
[NO] Norway
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
[CH] Switzerland
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013