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Labour Force Survey

The Labour Force Survey (EFT), carried out by the Directorate-General for Statistics and Economic Information, is a socio-economic survey of households in Belgium. Its main aim is to classify the “active population” (15 years and over) into three distinct and exhaustive groups (namely the employed, the unemployed, and inactive persons), and to provide descriptive and explanatory data for each of these categories. Some of the results appear in the NAPIncl.

The Labour Force Survey is a sample of the adult population (15 years and over) in Belgium and covers around 91 000 individuals.

This survey is one of several European surveys on the active population, coordinated by EUROSTAT, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, in collaboration with national institutes for statistics and managed by the latter. The aim is to gather comparable information at European level, among other things: rates of employment and unemployment (the activity rate corresponds to the sum of these two rates) in line with the terminology of the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as to gather and publish data that cannot be obtained elsewhere (worker mobility, motivation of part-time working, level of education the population, etc.).

For more information on the Labour Force Survey: http://statbel.fgov.be/lfs/