|Unit||Ths. #, NSA|
|Adjustments||Not Seasonally Adjusted|
|Source||Central Statistics Office (CSO)|
|Release||Labour Force Survey f.k.a. Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS)|
|Labor Force||2020 Q4||2,445||2,469||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Labor Force Employment||2020 Q4||2,306||2,295||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Primary Industries Employment||2020 Q4||106.4||98.7||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Secondary Industries Employment||2020 Q4||434.6||437.9||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Tertiary Industries Employment||2020 Q4||1,760||1,755||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Unemployment||2020 Q4||138.9||174.7||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Unemployment Rate||2020 Q4||5.7||7.1||%, NSA||Quarterly|
|Wage & Salaries||2018 Q3||740.32||745.09||EUR, NSA||Quarterly|
The Quarterly National Household Survey, or QNHS, replaced the annual April Labour Force Survey (LFS) in 1997. The reason for the transition was to conform to international standards that required quarterly labour force surveys as opposed to annual. The QNHS includes data involving employment, unemployment and the labour force, as well as data on important social topics.
Information for this survey is collected through the means of face-to-face interviews by team members using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) on laptop computers. The source collects information throughout the year by surveying households each week in each quarter. The goal is to sample 26,000 households on a quarterly basis, however the actual survey sample varies depending on the level of response. Participation in the survey is voluntary.
The survey population includes individuals aged 15 and older living in private households. Excluded persons from the survey includes institutionalized persons and persons with no fixed abode. The source collects demographic information, geographic information, highest level of eduction, ILO status, NACE Rev.2 industrial activity classification, occupation and employment status.
The source selects households to participate in the survey by breaking geographic regions into smaller sections and chosing households in each section. Households are asked to take part in the survey for five consecutive quarters before being replaced by other households in the same geographic section.
Data is generally final upon release and not subject to revision, however in the past the source has revised data if more information was found or if data was found to be errant.
For more information, please visit the CSO at http://www.cso.ie/en/qnhs/qnhsmethodology/