|Labor Force||Feb 2019||32,502||32,321||Ths., SA||Monthly|
|Total Employment||Feb 2019||27,355||27,157||Ths., NSA||Monthly|
|Unemployment Rate||Feb 2019||13.6||13.3||%, SA||Monthly|
|Labor Force Employment||2018 Q4||27,655||29,063||Thousands, NSA||Quarterly|
|Total Employment Non-Ag||2018 Q4||22,860||23,474||Thousand person||Quarterly|
The Household Labour Force Survey which have regularly been applied since 1988. Household labour force survey is the main data source on the labour market situation of country from the supply side and gives information on economic activity, occupation, status in employment and hours worked for employed persons; and information on the duration of unemployment and occupation sought by the unemployed.
Both the employed and the persons who were employed before are classified by their economic activity, occupation, employment status and educational status.
The data set covers all private households who are living in the territory of Republic of Turkey are covered. Residents of schools, dormitories, kinder-gartens, rest homes for elderly persons, special hospitals, military barracks and recreation quarters for officers are not covered. It also covers the geographical area of all settlements in Turkey have been covered in sample selection. Urban areas are defined as settlements with a population of 20,001 and over. Rural areas are defined as settlements with a population of 20,000 or less.
Method of Sampling
Household labour Force Survey is applied to sample households selected by a 2 stage stratified clustered probability sample involving 8 sub samples. Addresses which are the primary sampling unit are visited four times during the 18 months period. Monthly sample size is 13,000 households.
Weighing: Weighing is a method used to obtain parameters from the data set resulting from sampling so as to represent the universe. These parameters include design weights, adjustments for non-response, external distribution checks and ultimate multiplying factor. Reaching accurate estimates depends on a step-by-step and careful process of weighting. All the weighting factors mentioned above were used in Household Labour Force Survey.
Data sources:Data were collected from the households which were selected by defined sampling method. Statistical unit used is household in labour force surveys. Demographic information (age, sex, educational status, relationship to household head) is asked to all members of the household.But, questions on labour force status are asked for persons 15 years old and over. ·
Data collection method: All the information was collected by interviewers on a face-to-face basis with the help of portable computers. (computer assisted personal interviewing). The questionnaire was designed considering many factors together.The international standards determined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) were taken into consideration and adapted to the Turkish circumstances..Modifications on questionnaire were made in order to reflect possible changes occurred in time in the labour force status in Turkey and to produce internationally comparable data.In this way norm and standards of Eurostat have also been followed.
Reference and application period: The first week of each month starting with Monday and ending with Sunday was used as the reference period. The field application starts after the reference week and is completed within 15 days.
Data availability: Survey has been applied since 1988. Between 1988-1999 term the survey was applied annually using the last weeks of April and October as reference week. Since 2000 it has been applied on monthly basis. Results of the survey were announced on quarterly basis between 2000-2003 periods. Starting with January 2005, Household Labour Force Survey results are announced in every month based on the moving averages of three months. The weighting coefficients are calculated based on the mid-month population projections and results are called with the name of the middle month in order to simplify expression. In this new series, the press releases of February, May, August and November refer to the results of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter respectively which has been published since 2000 ·
Timeliness:Since 2007 results of the survey are announced in the 45th day following the end of the related term (3-months). Results of the survey are announced to the public in the 15th day of each month (in case of weekend following working day) at 10 o'clock in the morning with a press release and at the same time disseminated through the web site both in TR and EN.
Seasonal adjustment: Survey results were not seasonally adjusted for the current situation.
Revisions are common.