The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a national sample household survey conducted yearly in the months of April and October by the General Statistical Office (GSO).
The survey primarily aims to provide current information on the situation of the labour market (employment, unemployment, working time,etc) for development planning and monitoring. Other objectives of the survey are to collect basic information on the labour market that is comparable to international standards and to assess the impact of the global economic downturn on the labour market in Viet Nam.
The scope of the LFS 2011 includes the following:
- Demographic characteristics: age, sex, marital status, ethnicity, place/country of previous residence, educational attainment, relationship to household head
- Main labour related characteristics: employment, unemployment, underemployment, hours of work, wages, informal employment, social security coverage
- Other labour related characteristics: industry, occupation, status in employment, institutional sector (public/private), size of establishment, type of workplace, existence of more than one job, characteristics of the second job(s), previous working experience, characteristics of the last job, search for another job, methods of looking for work, reasons for not being in the labour force
Definition of household and household members: A household comprises either one person living alone or a group of people living in the same dwelling and sharing meals together. For households with 2 persons or more, the members may or may not share a common budget; and may or may not be related by blood or marriage.
Age coverage: The labour related questions of the survey relate to the population of 10 years old and over
Producers and sponsors
General Statistics Office of Viet Nam
Ministry of Planning and Investment
The population census was used as a sampling frame. The sample was stratified using the following variables: geographic region, urbanisation, population size of locality, urban/rural areas. There were 2 sampling stages, and the ultimate sampling unit (USU) was the household. The sample had 32 USUs/ households per sample are and three USUs were interviewed per interviewer, per day.
The sample is self weighting.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Three ultimate sampling units (USU) were interviewed per interviewer per day. Respondents' participation in the survey was voluntary.
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- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
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