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Dataset | 16 Oct 2015

Employment by occupation and economic activity (from 2008 onwards, NACE Rev. 2) - 1 000

Data on persons employed by economic activity (according to NACE Rev. 2) broken down by country, and occupation (e.g. skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers, plant and machine operators and assemblers, etc,) expressed in number of persons (thousands).

This data collection covers all main labour market characteristics, i.e. the total population, activity and activity rates, employment, employment rates, self employed, employees, temporary employment, full-time and part-time employment, population in employment having a second job, working time, total unemployment and inactivity.

General information on the EU-LFS can be found in the ESMS page for 'Employment and unemployment (LFS)', see link in related metada. Detailed information on the main features, the legal basis, the methodology and the data as well as on the historical development of the EU-LFS is available on the EU-LFS (Statistics Explained) webpage.

The EU-LFS is a rotating random sample survey of persons in private households. The sampling units are dwellings, households or individuals depending on the sampling frame. Different schemes are used to sample the units, ranging from the simple random sampling method to complex stratified multi-stage sampling methods of clusters. Most countries use a variant of the two-stage stratified random sampling of household units. The sample size amounts approximately to 1800 thousands of individuals each quarter. The quarterly sampling rates vary between 0.2% and 3.6% in each country. Data are acquired by interviewing the sampled individuals directly. Four modes of data collection exist for the EU-LFS: personal visits, telephone interviews, web interviews and self-administered questionnaires.