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Unemployed persons by LFS


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 during two weeks after the reference 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 were ready to take it up, are also included in the category of the unemployed.

  • Resolution concerning statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization adopted by the Nineteenth International Conference of Labour Statisticians in Geneva (ICLS) and recommended by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the use in all countries.
    Place of publication: Genewa
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2240 of 16 December 2019 specifying the technical items of the data set, establishing the technical formats for transmission of information and specifying the detailed arrangements and content of the quality reports on the organisation of a sample survey in the labour force domain in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and of the Council
    Place of publication: (Dz. Urz. UE L 336 z 30.12.2019, str. 59)

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