October 2019

Labour Force Survey Trends-August 2019(Q3)

The sample design of labour force survey presents an advantage of estimating trend of labour market indicators with a higher precision due to its rotational design. In this report, the survey results are compared for February 2019 (Q1), May 2019 (Q2) and August 2019 (Q3). However, tables are presented in most cases with more data points including results of the labour force surveys in the previous year. 
The current third quarterly Labour Force survey is designed according to a two-stage stratified design with a rotation scheme. At the first stage of sampling, a stratified sample of 288 census enumeration areas, called primary sampling units (PSUs) are drawn from the 2012 census sampling frame with probabilities proportional to size measured in terms of number of households according to the latest census of population. The strata are composed of the 30 administrative districts of the country, sub-divided into urban and rural areas.
In August 2019 (Q3), the working age population (16 years and above) was around 7.2 million and the population in the labour force constituted the majority of working age population. The proportion of population in labour force has slightly decreased compared to the previous quarter of the survey. In August 2019 (Q3), the youth (16-30 years old) constituted 44.2 percent of the population in the labour force and this proportion has slightly increased as compared to the previous Quarter of the survey May 2019 (Q2)

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