For data users

Get the latest labour statistics for your country 

For students

Concepts and definitions, uses, sources and limitations

For Excel users

1-click access to Excel files with data from the year 2000 onward

For data producers

Build a labour force survey questionnaire using the ILO model

For researchers

For those who need large datasets and detailed cross-tabulations

For data producers

Guidance on producing statistics according to ICSE and ICSaW

For journalists

Get insights on the latest trends in labour statistics

For developers

Build a query using the SDMX web service

Featured event

STATA for labour market analysis

29 July 2019 - 02 August 2019, Turin Centre ITC-ILO

This course aims to equip participants with the skills needed to use STATA to analyse the labour market for evidence-based policy-making, including SDG and decent work indicators. Using a step-by-step approach, it provides practical skills and tips for analysing labour-market data with a view to constructing and interpreting decent work and SDG indicators. There will be a thematic focus on employment outcomes, but the impact techniques explored are equally applicable to interventions targeting other socio-economic outcomes.


Featured guides

Decent Work and the Sustainable Development Goals: Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

Guidebook on SDG Labour Market Indicators

This publication is an introduction to labour market indicator analysis and a guide for analysing household survey data using the ADePT ILO Labour Market Indicators Module. The ADePT software allows researchers and practitioners to automate data production, to minimize data production errors and to quickly produce a wide range of labour market data from labour force surveys or other household surveys that contain labour market information.

Key Labor Market Indicators: Analysis with Household Survey Data

ILOSTAT Microdata processing quick guide: Principles and methods underlying the ILO's processing of anonymized household survey microdata

This Quick Guide presents the anonymized microdata processing undertaken by the Data Production and Analysis Unit of the ILO's Department of Statistics. It describes why and how the unit carries out this activity, as well as the potential expansion of this work. It also mentions considerations and limitations to take into account by data users.

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Rosina Gammarano

Avoiding unemployment is not enough

Discover the patterns around the world of unemployment and other forms of labour underutilization, including time-related underemployment, the potential labour force and over-education in Avoiding unemployment is not enough, the fourth issue of our series Spotlight on work statistics.

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About us

We deliver comprehensive labour statistics for better evidence-based policymaking​

The ILO Department of Statistics is the focal point to the United Nations for labour statistics. Our goals are to (1) develop international standards for better measurement of labour issues and enhanced international comparability; (2) provide relevant, timely and comparable labour statistics; and (3) help Member States develop and improve their labour statistics.

We work on setting international standards in the field of labour statistics mainly through the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS), during which Resolutions and Guidelines are adopted by the Conference and then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO.

We have an active programme of methodological research to identify and promote good practices in the collection and reporting of labour statistics. This work is done both to provide support to countries and to inform ongoing standard setting work. The research work spreads across a wide range of topics with a changing focus over time reflecting latest demands and work required to support standard setting and implementation.


We compile labour statistics from numerous sources such as labour force surveys, establishment surveys and administrative records. 

We also produce labour market indicators from national household survey microdata and estimate country-level, regional and global figures through econometric modelling.


The data we compile and produce are disseminated on ILOSTAT through a variety of data tools. They are also widely re-published by other organizations, most notably by the World Bank in the World Development Indicators database. 

We also analyse trends, which are published in our blog and in statistical briefs Spotlight on Work Statistics.

We provide technical cooperation, assistance and training in labour statistics to our Member States. Our areas of expertise include the application of international standards, data production, analysis and dissemination tools and practices.