February 2020

Labour Force Survey Trends-November 2019(Q4)

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), August 2019 (Q3) and November (Q4). The current report presents in some cases data points including results of the labour force surveys in the previous year. 
The fourth quarter of Labour Force survey is also 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 November 2019 (Q4), the working age population (16 years and above) was around 7.3 million and the population in the labour force constituted the majority of working age population. The proportion of population in labour force has slightly increased compared to the previous quarter of the survey and in November 2019 (Q4), the youth unemployment rate (16-30 years old) stood at 19.6 percent of the youth in the labour force and this rate has slightly declined as compared to the previous Quarter of the survey August 2019 (Q3) where it was 20.6 percent.

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