Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)

A multi-functional research tool of the ILO consisting of country-level data on 18 key indicators of the labour market from 1980 to the latest available year.

What is the KILM?

The Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) the ILO’s research tool for labour market information. The first KILM was released in 1999. It has since become a flagship product of the International Labour Office (ILO) and is used on a daily basis by researchers and policy-makers throughout the world.


  • is a comprehensive database of country-level data on 18 key indicators of the labour market (listed below) from 1980 to the latest available year. In this context, the KILM can serve as a tool for policy-makers and researchers in monitoring and assessing many of the pertinent issues related to the functioning of labour markets.
  • is a source of the latest ILO world and regional estimates of employment and unemployment indicators. The estimates are presented in a box in each indicator’s manuscript along with an analysis of the global and regional trends and data.
  • is a training tool on development and use of labour market indicators. Each indicator is accompanied by descriptions of the standard international definition of the concept and measurement procedures, guidelines on how the indicator can be used in analyses of labour market issues, and words of caution on comparability limitations. Readers are guided on the value of using multiple indicators to develop a broader view of labour market developments.

The KILM 8th Edition is now available

With three electronic formats available – interactive software, online database and Excel add-in – accessing the country-level data for the 18 key labour market indicators, nine tables of world and regional aggregates, and descriptive text explaining the indicators’ use and definitions is easier than ever. These electronic products are updated on a regular basis.

KILM 8th Edition software

The KILM 8th Edition software is a custom data access application. Data and software are installed on the PC. Both are automatically updated via the Internet; however, an internet connection is not required for the application to function – data and manuscript are stored on the PC. The software allows the user to build complex queries, view data in a grid or with a world map, create word processor reports, export data to Excel, MS Access and comma-delimited files, copy and paste data, and graph data and export the cross-tab data and graphs to Excel. Data can be filtered on multiple parameters and sorted on up to four columns. Create country reports – word processor documents or spreadsheets that include filtered data from multiple tables for a single country. Nine tables of regional data are included. It operates in English, French and Spanish. Microsoft Windows PCs only.

Click here to download and install KILM 8th Edition software

Download instructions:

Clicking the link above will take you to a web page. Click the “Install” button and run the downloaded file. Once the program is installed, access it from the “Start” menu, select “Programs”, then “Key Indicators of the Labour Market 8th Edition.” If you have problems installing or operating the software, please contact us at

KILM 8 and SECURE NETWORKS The KILM 8th Edition software has been modified to be friendlier to secure networks. For information on how to install the software on your secure network, please contact us at

KILM Excel add-in

The KILM Excel add-in is an Excel add-in that operates with Excel 2010. It allows you to download KILM data directly into Excel spreadsheets. Microsoft Windows PCs with Excel 2010 only. For instructions and more information, see the installation webpage. If you have problems installing or operating the software, please contact us at

Click here to download the KILM Excel add-in.

Downloadable PDF files

Download complete manuscript

KILM chapters:
Executive summary
Guide to understanding the KILM
The ILO estimates on unemployment flows
1. Labour force participation rate
2. Employment-to-population ratio
3. Status in employment
4. Employment by sector
5. Employment by occupation
6. Part-time workers
7. Hours of work
8. Employment in the informal economy
9. Unemployment
10. Youth unemployment
11. Long-term unemployment
12. Time-related underemployment
13. Inactivity
14. Educational attainment and illiteracy
15. Skills mismatch
16. Wages and compensation costs
17. Labour productivity
18. Poverty, income distribution, employment by economic class and working poverty

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