The objective of the survey is to prepare and publish comparable statistical information on employment, based on population survey data; to estimate the number of employed and unemployed persons, their distribution by age, sex, place of residence, economic activity, main occupational group, educational attainment, to produce employment and unemployment rate indicators on a quarterly basis.
Employment statistics are required for the estimation of changes in the country’s labour market, social and economic policy formation, social decision-making, estimation of the country’s economic development level, production of economic development forecasts, comparison of international labour market indicators.
Employment is surveyed in all EU member states. In Europe, statistical information on employment has been collected since 1983; in Lithuania, the labour force survey has been conducted since 1998.
Survey type and coverage
The survey is carried out constantly; a rotation sampling method is applied.
Survey population – all usual residents of Lithuania.
Statistical unit – private household member. Individuals residing in institutional households (care homes, imprisonment institutions, monasteries, convents, seminaries, etc.) are not surveyed.
A simple random sample of 8 thousand households is drawn, using Population Register data as a basis. Individuals are sampled; later, all individuals living at the address of the individual sampled are included in the preliminary list from the Population Register. If several households live at the address specified, only the members of the household of the individual sampled are left in the sample. If the household sampled does not live at the address specified, the members of another household living at that address are included in the sample.
Household members participate in the survey four times over a year and a half.
Each household sampled is informed thereof with an official letter. The letter invites to participate in the survey and fill in an e-questionnaire, having logged in to the electronic survey system on the website of Statistics Lithuania. If the household sampled has not filled in the e-questionnaire, it is questioned by an interviewer at home. Subsequent interviews may be conducted by phone or electronically.
Data are collected using a quarterly statistical labour force survey questionnaire GU-01.
Dissemination of information
A news release on employment and unemployment is published not later than on the 47th day after the end of the reference quarter.
Statistical information is released in statistical publications Labour Market Yearbook, Statistical Yearbook of Lithuania, International Migration of the Lithuanian Population, Economic and Social Development in Lithuania, Counties of Lithuania, etc.
Official Statistics Portal
Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 of 9 March 1998 on the organisation of a labour force sample survey in the Community, as last amended by Regulation (EU) No 545/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014;
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1897/2000 of 7 September 2000 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 on the organisation of a labour force sample survey in the Community concerning the operational definition of unemployment;
Law on Statistics of the Republic of Lithuania