The Labour Force Survey (LFS) was introduced by the Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK) in 2001 with the aim to collect comparable information on employment and unemployment in the territory and make them available to local and international institutions. LFS has become an integral part for the SOK’s work programme, with an annual survey being carried out in fall of each year. The 2003 LFS is the third LFS conducted by SOK. Except for a few changes, the LFSs in 2002 and 2003 were the same as in 2001.
The aim of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) in Kosovo was to collect data on labour market and similar issues, and to estimate employment and unemployment indicators.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Household member age 15-64 years
The 2003 Kosovo Labour Force Survey covered the following topics:
- Household identification
- Demographic characteristics of household members
- Household income
- Work activity in the reference week
- Characteristics of main job and additional job
- Working time, underemployment
- Persons without work in the reference week
The geographic coverage of the survey is the whole territory of Kosovo.
The survey was directed to the usual members of private households in Kosovo (resident population), irrespective of their ethnic origin (Albanian, Serbian, etc). Collective households such as boarding schools, military camps, or persons living in other similar institutions were not selected in the sample. The survey also excluded members of KFOR troops, international UNMIK staff and other foreigners temporarily living in Kosovo.
Producers and sponsors
Statistical Office of Kosovo (SOK)
Republic of Kosovo
European Agency for Reconstruction
Funding the study
Labour force surveys are done on a sample basis, i.e., the needed information is collected only for a limited number of respondents who should be representative for the population as a whole.
One of the problems in Kosovo was the lack of an established sampling frame normally provided by a census or an effective civil registration system. The SOK LFS therefore has been based on the World Bank’s LSMS sample design of 2000. Each year the sampling involves the selection of 360-400 enumeration areas in a first stage and a fixed numbers of households (since 2002 usually 8) in a second stage, with a stratification by rural/urban and Albanian/Serbian (for more details see the Methodological Report, August 2002). The LFS then is administered to all members of the selected households. In 2002, the LFS eventually included 388 enumeration areas, 3112 households and 19361 persons, and the corresponding figures for 2003 were 400, 3175 and 19510, respectively.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The questionnaire consisted of the following section:
- Household Identification
- Demographic Characteristics of Household Members
- Household Income
- Work Activity in Reference Week
Kosovo Agency of Statistics
Departament of Social Statistics
Kosovo Agency of Statistics
Confidentiality - policy: Data confidentiality is provided by section article 34, Law No. 04/L-036 ON OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
Confidentiality - data treatment: Access to confidential data shall be permitted only to persons who are in charge of producing the official statistics up to that level that these data are necessary for producing statistics. Article 37, Law No. 04/L-036ON
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- 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
Disclaimer and copyrights
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