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RFL - Labour Force Survey
The Italian Labour Force Survey is the main source of statistical information on the Italian labor market. The information gathered from the population constitutes the basis on which official estimations of employment and unemployment are calculated, as well as information on the main job’s issues – occupation, sector of economic activity, hours worked, contracts’ type and duration, training.
The survey data are used to analyze a number of individual, family and social factors too, such as the increasing labor mobility, changing professions, the growth in female participation, etc.., which determine the difference in labor participation of the population.
Starting from the first quarter of 2021, the indications of European Regulation 1700/2019 have been transposed, which concern in particular the changes in the definitions of family and employee, and a new questionnaire has been adopted (see notes).
This database is the result of the union of the four quarterly datasets for the year 2021. In this way, it is possible to calculate the annual estimations at the national, macro-regional and regional levels.
The documentation available on this page refers to the survey conducted in the last quarter.
For more information, please refer to the pages of the individual quarterly surveys of 2021:
Italian Labour Force Survey – January (2021)
Italian Labour Force Survey – April (2021)
Italian Labour Force Survey – July (2021)
Italian Labour Force Survey – October (2021)
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Keywords: labour, employment, unemployment
Geographical Unit: region
Analysis Unit: individual, family
Universe: whole national population
Sample Procedure: 58,608 households, 497,806 individuals. Two-stage stratified random sample
Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details
Collection Mode: Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)
Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS (members only) or CSV (other users) format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format (last quarter - ita); 1 methodological notes in PDF format (last quarter - ita); 1 codebook in PDF format (ita); 1 PDF file with UniData's archive notes (ita); 1 ZIP file including the documentation from the source (codes for ATECO2007, CP2011, ISCED2011, ISCO08 classifications, sampling error estimations at the national, macro-regional and regional levels) (ita) (6 file)
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Data Use Restriction:
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Source Contact: Contact Centre
Istat. (2021) Italian Labour Force Survey – Annual file. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN235. Data file version 1.0
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For changes introduced from the first quarter of 2021, see Labour Force 2021: what’s new in the survey