Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Statistics • COVID-19 response

COVID-19 impact on labour market statistics


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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has reached out to National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on their statistical operations, in particular in the domain of labour statistics and the operation of national Labour Force Surveys (LFS). A note published by ILO with the results of this consultation shows that all countries are facing a major challenge in maintaining continuity and quality, while simultaneously attempting/needing to be flexible and react to changing circumstances.

The note covers information and guidance gathered from countries and experts on key topics such as:

  • Field operations
  • Data analysis
  • Questionnaire content
  • Use of administrative data
  • Quality and continuity of data
  • Estimates

The summary of country responses as of 31 March is also available.