Labour Force Survey
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a continuous household survey carried out quarterly. The UK is obliged under EC regulations to carry out a Labour Force Survey, using internationally agreed definitions of unemployment, employment and economic activity. Results can be compared with other EU member states.
The main purpose of the survey is to provide information on labour market structure, employment, unemployment and economic activity and groups within the labour market. It also covers a range of related topics, such as income, qualifications, training and disability.
The sample of addresses for the LFS is obtained from the Valuation & Lands Agency list of domestic properties in Northern Ireland.
At each address, information is collected by computer-assisted interviewing on the economic status and activity of all residents aged 16 and over during a specified week in the quarter (termed the reference week). Household size and composition is also recorded for each address.
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