Dataset description and subject
Data on the short-term evolution of the major components of the labour force
and employment by sector are provided in over 1600 series of the Quarterly
Labour Force Statistics database. A set of Standardised Unemployment Rates
(SUR) by gender and broad age groups and total population figures are also
The database has time series from 1965 covering the 23 OECD member countries
that compile these data on a monthly or quarterly basis and for some series
country groupings for OECD-Total, Euro area and EU15 are also available.
As of January 2005, the OECD have discontinued publication of their Quarterly
Labour Force Statistics - Edition 4, 2004 is the last update to this title.
A selection of the data will continue to be published in Main Economic Indicators,
but not at the level of detail that was found in the QLFS.
Note: Employment and unemployment data in the
differ from that presented in the MEI
as the former are generally compiled from results of the Labour
Force Surveys whereas data in the MEI
may be derived from Establishment/Enterprise Surveys or administrative
OECD Quarterly Labour Force
The OECD produces the following documentation about the database:
The OECD Quarterly Labour Force Statistics hosted by ESDS International are
delivered via Beyond 20/20 WDS.
A worked example using Beyond 20/20 WDS and the OECD Main Economic Indicators
is available in [html]
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to read documents in pdf format. You can download it free of charge from the
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Countries in the OECD Quarterly
Labour Force Statistics
The 23 OECD member countries presented in the Quarterly Labour Force Statistics
Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Periodicity and Time Range
The OECD Quarterly Labour Force Statistics are released Quarterly and run
The OECD have discontinued publication of their Quarterly Labour Force Statistics
- Edition 4, 2004 is the last update to this title. A selection of the data
will continue to be published in Main Economic Indicators, but not at the
level of detail that was found in the QLFS.