Labour Force Survey, Q2 2020

  • 22/12/2020

The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has published the Results of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) in the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020).

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that has gripped the Republic of Kosovo (mid-March 2020), the results of the Labour Force Survey for Q2 2020 have not been published according to the planned date in the statistical calendar of publications for 2020. KAS had stopped the collection of the data in the field on 16 March 2020, therefore the collection of data in the field for Q2 2020 was done after the facilitation of some measures by the Government, together with the collection of data for Q3 2020. The collection of the data in the field resumed on 06 July 2020 to complete the data for the second (Q2) and third (Q3) quarter, and continued until 04 October 2020.

Since the survey is according to the rotation of the panel sampling, the most representative data will be available in the final report for 2020.

According to the results of this publication, two thirds (2/3) of population in Kosovo are working age population. The working age population includes age 15-64 year olds. Within the working age population, the rate of participation in labour force was 33.2%.

The employment rate in the Labour Force Survey in the second quarter of 2020 was 24.1%.

The highest employment was among males (36.2%), while employment among females was 12.1%.


Females are employed mainly in the sectors of education, trade and health care, by 57.4%, while males are mainly employed in the sectors of trade, construction and manufacturing, by 42.3%.

The leading economic sectors with employment continue to be: trade with 18.7%; education by 11.0%, manufacturing by 10.8%, and construction by 8.7%. While other sectors participate with a lower percentage in employment.

Regarding employees with contracts, it turns out that 42.9% of employees have a permanent working contract in their main job, while 57.1% have a temporary working contract.

According to LFS results, in Q2 2020, the unemployment rate was 27.2%.

Unemployment is most pronounced among females with 31.4%, compared to males which was 25.7%. The highest unemployment rate is in the age group 15-24 years old with 54.1%.

According to LFS results, in Q2 2020, inactive labour force was quite high, at 66.8%, with a particular focus on females at 82.4%, compared to males at 51.2%.

For the implementation of LFS Q2 2020, the methodology and standards applied by KAS are harmonized with the recommendations of Eurostat.