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Labour Force Survey

Labour force survey enables realization of situation and monitoring of labour market changes through internationally established indicators, including employment and unemployment rates. Additionally, the survey provides socio - demographic characteristics of the employed, unemployed and inactive population, and is the only source regarding the information on informal employment. 




Starting from 2021, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia will switch to a new, redesigned methodology of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). 

The Survey will be redesigned on the basis and according to the new regulation of the European Parliament and Council, which entered into force on January 1st, 2021. The new European regulation requires of the EU countries to implement the new redesigned concepts and methods in the Labour Force Survey, starting from 2021. The Republic of Serbia, i.e. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, as member of the European Statistical System, parallelly with other European countries, adapts to the changes in the European legislation.

The methodology is revised in order to improve the content of the Survey and enable more precise monitoring of labour market trends, as the latter has been experiencing constant changes in its dynamics and structure. The new standardized questionnaire will contribute to better quality and international comparability.

 Labour force survey - new methodology, 2021



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26. February 2021. Labour market dynamics in the fourth quarter 2020

According to the Labor Force Survey, in the fourth quarter of 2020, number of the employed amounted to 2 920 900, and number of the unemployed to 321 000. Employment rate for the mentioned period amounted to 49.7%, while unemployment rate, in the same period, had the value of 9.9%.

From the 2021 year, the Labour Force Survey is conducted in accordance with the new Regulation (EU) no. 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and the Council, which implies a change in methodological solutions that have an impact on the calculation of the basic indicators of the Survey. Further information can be found at link.

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Key figures
Employment rate
49.7 %
Unemployment rate youth (15-24)
32.4 %
Inactivity rate
44.9 %