Hungary - Total Employment

Hungary: Total Employment

Mnemonic ETOT.IHUN
Unit Ths. #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 0.29 %
Data 2022 Q1 4,674
2021 Q4 4,687

Series Information

Source Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO)
Release Employment by Industry
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/2009
End Date 3/31/2022

Hungary: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force Mar 2022 4,855 4,858 Ths. # 3-mo ending MA, NSA Monthly
Labor Force Employment Mar 2022 4,674 4,675 Ths. # 3-mo ending MA, NSA Monthly
Primary Industries Employment 2022 Q1 191.92 198.61 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Total Employment 2022 Q1 4,674 4,687 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Unemployment Rate Mar 2022 3.73 3.78 % 3-mo ending MA, NSA Monthly
Unemployment Dec 2020 196.5 203.76 Ths. # 3-mo ending MA, NSA Monthly
Agriculture Employment 2017 231,945 236,179 # Annual

Release Information

For Hungary, employment by sex and industry.


  • Framework: IESS
  • Classification: HSCO 08, the localization of NACE Rev. 2
  • Measurements:
    • Thousands of persons (Ths. #)
    • Percent (%)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Quarterly
  • Start date: Uniformly 2009Q1
  • Geo coverage: Country


  • Pre-IESS employment detail - 2008 to 2020
  • Unemployment detail - 2001 to 2005
  • 2008 methodology, NACE Rev. 1.1 - 2008 to 2014
  • 2003 methodology, NACE Rev. 1.1 - 2003 to 2008
  • Pre-2003 methodology, NACE Rev. 1.1 - 2000 to 2003

The source writes:

The Hungarian Central Statistical Office has introduced a new statistical survey in January 1992 to obtain current information on the labour force status of the Hungarian population. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey which provides quarterly information on non-institutional population aged 15–74. The aim of the survey is to observe the employment and unemployment according to the international statistical recommendation based on the concepts and definitions recommended by the ILO independently from the existing national labour regulations or their changes.

In the LFS the population surveyed is divided according to their economic activity performed in the reference week (the week running from Monday to Sunday.

Employed persons: those persons, who worked one hour or more for pay, profit or payment in kind in job or business (including farm), during the reference week, or worked one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. unpaid family workers), or were employees who had a job from which they were temporarily absent all of survey week.

From 1992, on the average, nearly 24 thousand households were designated to the sample of the Labour Force Survey, while since 1998 interviewers have visited nearly 38 thousand households quarterly in order to collect information, according to the recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO), on the economic activity of the population aged 15–74 living there. Between 1992 and 2002 the survey was conducted each month in the week comprising the 19th day of the month, while since 2003 it has been conducted continuously covering each week of the month (quarter, year). Released data are estimated quarterly (annual) averages.

From 2003 adjustment of LFS data happens on the basis of 2001 census. At the same time data of 1998–2002 are also reweighted.

Rounding of the data was made electronically – without any correction – therefore the sum of the part figures does not always equal to the rounded value of the total.


Till 2008, the economic activity of employers was classified according to NACE '03, however, in 2008, data were published according to NACE '08 as well. Since 2009, the classification of economic activity has been made only according to NACE '08.

Until 2010 the classification of the occupations was done on the basis of HSCO-93, however from 1st January 2011 the data are published only on the basis of HSCO-08.

In 2021, the framework changed to IESS.