The first Labour Force Survey in Armenia was carried out in 1996-1998 within the framwork of UNDP. On a regular basis it started to be implemented since 2001 together with Integrated Living Conditions Survey (ILCS). Each year an ad-hoc module is added to LFS (child labor module, informal employment, etc.)
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a statistical study of the households selected by the appropriate method. The objective of the survey is providing information on not only well-known employment and unemployment as well as providing comprehensive information on other standard indicators characterizing the country labour market.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The survey covers the following topics:
- informal employment;
- working hours, income and remuneration of work;
- non-working employees;
- temporary employed;
- status of employment;
- employees that have the second job;
- economically inactive population.
Producers and sponsors
National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia
A two stage stratified sample by regions (marzes) has been designed to conduct the survey. The method of systematic probability sampling was used to frame the sample. Yerevan and all marzes with rural and urban settlements were covered by sample population with proportion of all HH available in these strata.
Based on the administrative and territorial division of RA at the first stage of sampling, the preliminary sampling units, i.e. enumeration areas were selected. 2001 Armenian Population Census results were used to calculate the mentioned proportions for 2014 LFS and 2011 Census results for 2015 LFS.
At the second stage of sampling the primary sampling units, that are HHs to be surveyed, were randomly selected. As a result, during the 2014 year have been surveyed 7680 HHs, of which 5 160 urban and 2520 rural areas. During the 2015 have been surveyed 7788 HHs, of which 4 752 urban and 3 036 rural areas.
At the same time a reserve sample was selected by the same steps, because it was anticipated that in most cases the questionnaire may not be completed due to household's refusal to participate in the survey, absence from the republic or other reasons. As a result, the HHs not participated in the survey were replaced from the reserve sample. The selection of households (HH) has been done monthly by the rotation principle.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The design of the questionnaire, used concepts, set of indicators and calculation methodology, sampling method basically comply with the definitions and concepts recommended by the ILO and Eurostat, while taking into account the peculiarities of their application in Armenia to the extent possible, at the same time, by providing the comparability with the international similar indicators.
The use of the datasets must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the identification of the Primary Investigator (including country name)
- the full title of the survey and its acronym (when available), and the year(s) of implementation
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download (for datasets disseminated online)
National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia. Armenia Labor Force Survey (LFS) 2015, Ref. ARM_2015_LFS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
DDI Document ID
Development Economics Data Group
Production of metadata
Poverty - GP
Production of metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (February 2017)