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Theme Population and Development
Code PD-LF-1.1
Sub-theme Labour Force
Name Labour force participation rate
Definition The LFPR is defined as the number of persons in the labour force given as a percentage of the working age population.
Calculation/Formula Number of people employed + number of people unemployed / total persons of working age population x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) 15 + (Except for some countries cf. below)
Purpose/Rationale The labour force participation rate (LFPR) provides information about the relative size of the supply of labour currently available for the production of goods and services in an economy. It is a key indicator of the potential for economic growth.
Policy Linkages National Development Plans, National Sustainable Development Frameworks
Preferred Data Sources Census
Alternative_Data Sources Labour force surveys; household surveys, like HIES and DHS; formal sector employment data from national provident funds
Census - HIES - DHS tag Census
Primary Data Collection System Survey - National Statistics Office
Frequency of Data Collection 5-10 years
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
Country Specific Issues Age range is not 15+ for some countries : Palau : 16+/ PNG: 10+
SPC Programme SDP
Numerator Number of people employed + number of people unemployed but looking for a job.
Component 1 Employed in formal sector
Component 2 Employed in the informal sector
Component 3 Employed in subsistence agriculture and fishing activities
Component 4 Unemployed but looking for work
Denominator Total persons of working age population
Factor x 100
Unit %