Yemen Labour Force Survey 2013-2014

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) for Yemen was carried out by the Central Statistical Organization of Yemen under the supervision of Ministry of Labour and with the assistance of the ILO. The LFS generated representative data on employment, unemployment and other vital labour indicators at the national level and at the level of governorates of Yemen. The survey also provides information on income from employment and characteristics of former household members who are living abroad, and persons participating in training programs outside of the regular educational system.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2013-14 is the second such survey that has been carried out in the last 15 years in Yemen. Similar to the first survey in 1999, the LFS 2013-14 was conducted by the Central Statistical Organization with assistance from the International Labour Office. More recently, CSO has conducted a population census in 2004 and a household child labour survey of adults and children in 2010. The primary objective of LFS 2013-14 was to provide current data on the employment and unemployment situation at national and governorate level using the new international standards concerning statistics of work, employment and labour underutilization adopted by the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (Geneva, October 2013).

After reprocessing the LFS 2013-14 data according to the international standards of 1982 (13th ICLS) to make the results comparable to the definitions used in the population census of 2004 and the household child labour survey of adults and children conducted in 2010, the results show that the labour force participation rate has somewhat increased during the ten-year period from 2004 to 2013-14. Both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate, measured on a comparable basis, show a slight increase from 2004 to 2010 before a sharp decrease in 2013-14.

The survey was administered quarterly to a nationally representative sample of 13,376 households drawn from 836 primary sampling units (PSUs) from the CSO`s sample frame.