Results of the Labour Force Survey in Kosovo (LFS), 2016

  • 15/05/2017

Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has published the main results of the Labour Force Survey (AFP) for 2016.

The survey has been extended to 1030 enumeration areas throughout the country, where 6 298 households were surveyed, selected according to the random method from the Population, Households and Dwellings Census 2011. Households selected for the survey, besides having a survey, they also had three re-surveys according to reference period.

This publication contains detailed data on employment and unemployment according to age, gender, employment status, economic activity, occupation and other related issues related to the labour market.

According to the results of this publication, it emerges that two-thirds of the population in Kosovo is a working age population. The working age population includes ages 15-64 year olds.

Within the working age population, the participation rate in the workforce was 38.7%.

The employment rate in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for 2016 was 28.0%. The highest employment was for males, 43.0%; While employment for females was 12.7%. Females are employed, mainly in education, trade and health care sectors, with 51.3%; While males are mainly employed in the sectors of production, construction and trade, with 44.3%.

The economic sectors that lead to employment continue to be: trade with 14.8%; manufacture by 13.2%; construction with 11.5%; and education by 10.6%. Meanwhile, other sectors participate with the lowest percentage in employment.

Regarding contracted employees, it turns out that 29.5% of employed persons have permanent contracts in their main job, while 70.5% have a temporary contract.

According to the results of the LFS for 2016, the unemployment rate is 27.5%. The most pronounced unemployment is among females with 31.8%, compared with males, 26.2%. The most pronounced unemployment rate is in the 15-24 age group with 52.4%.

Whereas, inactive force is quite high (61.3%), with a focus on females at 81.4% compared to males (41.7%).

For the realization of LFS 2016, KAS has applied the methodology and standards harmonized with Eurostat recommendations.

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