Terms used in official statistics

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Unemployed persons by LFS, Population and Housing Census 2002 and National Census of Population and Housing 2011


Persons aged 15-74 who simultaneously fulfill three conditions:

- in the reference week were not employed;

- were actively looking for work, i.e. for over 4 weeks (the reference week being the fourth one) had been involved in concrete actions aimed at finding a job;

- were available to take up work in the following time: according to LFS - during two weeks after the reference week; according to Census 2002 and Census 2011 - in the reference week or the following week.

Persons who were not seeking work because they had already found a job and were only waiting to start work within the period no longer that 3 months - and additionally in LFS were ready to take it up, are also included in the category of the unemployed.

  • Resolution concerning statistics of the economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment, adopted by the Thirteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians
    Place of publication: Genewa
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1897/2000 of 7 September 2000 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 on the organisation of a labour force sample survey in the Community concerning the operational definition of unemployment
    Place of publication: Dz. Urz. UE L 228 z 8.9.2000, str. 18—21
  • Regulation (EC) No 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on population and housing censuses
    Place of publication: (Dz. Urz. UE L 218 z 13.08.2008, str. 14)

High-level terms

Low-level terms:

Contact person on methodology:
Katarzyna Derucka