Labour Force Survey


Labour Force Survey

  • Labour Force Survey


    The objective of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) is to regularly measure the latest developments on the labor market’s demand side and produce publications with statistical analyses of the supply. One of the main results is the regular measurement and publication of the unemployment rate. Results are also published on the employed population size, the ratio of employed individuals to the total population, the total number of job seekers and the participation rate. The LFS gives policy makers and other users insight on these aspects of the labor market.

    The LFS is carried out yearly during the September/October period.


    All household members 15 years of age and older.

    Type of survey
    The LFS sample is a systematic sample with random start. The sampling frame is the address database taken from the population registry. The sample size, of approximately 2250 addresses, is computed based on the unemployment rate.

    Fieldwork period
    For the collection of data, interviewers use a questionnaire to hold “face-to-face” interviews with the household members. The fieldwork lasts approximately 1 month. For the research (definitions, classifications etc.), guidelines and definitions of the ILO (International Labor Organisation) are used to guarantee the international comparability of the data. Several local stakeholders involved with labor-market issues are also consulted.

    The results of the LFS are presented in the publication “Supply side of the Labour Market Curacao”, which can be downloaded free from the CBS website: Statistical Information/Labour
    The results are also presented to the media through a press release. Additionally, analyses of the LFS data are published in Modus, the CBS’s statistics magazine.