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IASSIST 2005 Evidence and Enlightenment The production and presentation of unemployment statistics – comparability issues By John Adams (Napier University, Scotland), Hasan Al-Madfai (University of Glamorgan, Wales) and Ray Thomas (Open University, England). Dimensions of comparability.

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Dimensions of comparability

IASSIST 2005 Evidence and EnlightenmentThe production and presentation of unemployment statistics – comparability issuesBy John Adams (Napier University, Scotland), Hasan Al-Madfai (University ofGlamorgan, Wales) and Ray Thomas (Open University, England)


Dimensions of comparability

Dimensions of comparability

  • Conceptual

  • Boundaries

  • Entry and duration

  • Denominators

  • Influence


Ilo survey criteria

ILO/survey criteria

  • Not in employment/available to start work

  • Seeking work main criterion

  • Advantages – universal/independence from admin schemes

  • Disadvantages – fuzzy/bends towards exits/incompatible with admin schemes


Cps questions on employment

CPS questions on employment

  • LAST WEEK, did you do ANY work for (either) pay (or profit) ?

  • LAST WEEK, did you do any unpaid work in the family business or farm ?


The entry oversight

The entry oversight

Question on unemployment addressed only to those already unemployed

Misses entry to unemployment

Duration statistics relate only to uncompleted spells

Miss unemployment of less than four weeks


Entry oversight cont d

Entry oversight (cont’d)

  • Misses a forward indicator

  • Misses ‘reasons’ for unemployment

  • Misses link with other labour market ‘states’


Dimensions of comparability

Unemployment rates for PCAs in England in 2004


Reforms for the lfs

Reforms for the LFS

  • Recognise entry to unemployment and reasons for unemployment with questions to all respondents.

  • Embrace not ignore administrative systems

  • Use administrative records as part of sampling frame.


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