Quarterly information on the labour market in the 2nd quarter of 2014

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Quarterly information on the labour market presents provisional data on the employed, unemployed, and economically inactive gathered from the sample Labour Force Survey in the 2nd quarter of 2014 as compared to the results of the surveys conducted in the 1st quarter of 2014 and 2nd quarter of 2012 and 2013.

Since the third quarter of 2012, the generalization of the survey results onto the overall population has been done with the use of the data on the Polish population aged 15 and more coming from the balances compiled on the basis of the National Census of Population and Housing 2011. Moreover, there were introduced methodological changes targeted at harmonization of the population covered with the survey with the Eurostat recommendations. Since the third quarter of 2012, from the survey range have been excluded persons staying outside the household, i.e. abroad or living in institutional households for 12 months or longer — until the second quarter of 2012, the duration was longer than 3 months.

The data presented in the publication show the results recalculated in accordance with the new methodology and the new base for generalization of the results; the recalculation was done from 1st quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2012.

Due to the introduced changes, the presented LFS results are not fully comparable with the results of the surveys prior to 2010. The data of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy regarding unemployed persons registered in labour offices, vacancies reported to labour offices, and terminations due to establishments’ reasons were included in the paper.

The quarterly Labour Force Survey is the main source of information on situation on the labour market. The survey covers all persons aged 15 and more who are members of the sampled households. The LFS methodology is based on definitions recommended by the International Labour Office and Eurostat.

The basic criterion for division of population from the point of view of economic activity into the employed, the unemployed and the economically inactive is work, i.e. performing, having or seeking a job in the reference week.

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