Bulgaria - Unemployment





Bulgaria: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.IBGR
Unit Ths. #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 11.69 %
Data 2019 Q3 125.4
2019 Q2 142

Series Information

Source National Statistics Institute (NSI) - Republic of Bulgaria
Release Labor Force Survey
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 9/30/1993
End Date 9/30/2019

Bulgaria: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force 2019 Q3 3,424 3,404 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Labor Force Employment 2019 Q3 3,299 3,262 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Unemployment 2019 Q3 125.4 142 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate 2019 Q3 3.66 4.17 %, NSA Quarterly
Primary Industries Employment 2019 Q2 584.82 604.43 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Total Employment Non-Ag 2019 Q2 3,535 3,547 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Agriculture Employment 2017 202,991 221,035 # Annual
Wage & Salaries 2016 5,587,504,000 5,703,468,000 NCU Annual

Release Information

Labour force survey is an important source of information of the state and tendencies of the labour market, as the main purpose of the survey is to provide information on the economic activity of the population of 15 years of age and over and on the most important characteristics of employed and unemployed persons and persons not in the labour force in the Republic of Bulgaria.

All persons aged 15 - 74, living in non-institutional households, are covered in the sample.

Data is collected using paper questionnaires and through personal interviews with persons 15 years or older living in households that are included in the sample. For each person, the sample period is one week. The sample used is a two-stage stratified cluster sample. Close to 20 thousand households are included in the sample. 

Here are some definitions provided by the source: 

Employed - Persons of 15 years of age and over who during the reference period: performed some work for at least one hour for payment in cash or in kind or other income; did not work but had a job or an enterprise, business from which they were temporarily absent due to leave, illness, full-paid maternity leave, bad weather, strike or other similar reasons.

Employment rate - ratio between employed population and the total population of the same age.

Unemployed - Persons aged 15 to 74 who did not work at all during the reference period, were actively seeking work within the preceding four weeks, including the reference and were available to start working within two weeks following the reference one.

Unemployment rate - ratio between unemployed persons and the economically active population (labour force).

Previously released data are not usually revised. However, revisions may occur after new estimates of population from a population census become available. 

All information found above was taken from the NSI website. You can read more here and here.