Labor Market Data for 150 Countries
The analysis of Chapter 2 utilizes data from 150 countries, each with a population of one million or more in 1999. Table A.1 displays selected data with the countries arranged into eight major regions and alphabetically within each region.
The table shows four kinds of information: 1) the countries with an LFS in 1999 are identified, along with the first year the LFS was conducted; 2) important details of the LFS are displayed, including the number of surveys per year, the age range for pesons covered by the LFS questions and the length of the job search period; 3) average unemployment rates from the 1980s and 1990s are shown along with the number of years in the 1990s for which unemployment rate information was submitted to the ILO; and 4) the countries with UI and UA programs are identified.
Table A.1 emphasizes just a few salient details of the LFSs as of 1999, with the 150 countries arrayed by geographic area. No attempt is made to address issues of sample size and design or the statistical properties of the survey estimates. Besides showing the start date for the survey, the table shows frequency (annual number), the age limits of persons treated as potentially economically active, and the job search reference period for those classified as unemployed. The table also displays average unemployment rates for the 1980s and 1990s.
The information about the LFS in each country came from ILO surveys (ILO 1990, 2001) while the unemployment rate data came from the ILO (http://laborsta.ilo.org). The information about unemployment protections came mainly from the U.S. Social Security Administration (1999).