Objectives of the survey
The survey aims at investing the emplyment, unemployment, and overall labour force situation in the country. More sepcifically the objectives of the survey are to provide current statistics on the labour force and its characteristics, such as:
- current activity status;
- economically active population and work status by broad economic sector;
- employed, underemployed, and unemployed population by sex and age-group;
- employed population in major industries and occupations;
- hours of work, income and wage rates;
- age-sex specific labour force participation rates by area of residence;
- use of third labour in productive activities, and
- change of the size and characteristics of the labour force over time.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The labour force survey covered population living in thousing units only. Institutional populations, such as, inmates of prisons, hospitals, hotels, etc were excluded. Transient and floating populations also were out of the scope of the survey.
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
BANGLADESH BUREAU OF STATISTICS
Statistics Division, Ministry of Planning
Bangladesh possesses huge manpower resources. Proper utilization of the labour force for productive activity is essentially needed for the survival and prosperity of the nation collectively and for its individual citizens . The development of trained manpower resources is indispensable for sustaining economic progress. Until recently, the actual size and composition of the labour force and Its structure have not been adequately evaluated. Although unemployment and underemployment represent severe problems for the nation and pinpoint the severe under-utilization of our manpower resources, no adequate and dependable information about the changi:ig manpower situation were available. Before 1978 there was no separate programme fbr collecting, analysing, and publishing labour force statistics for national needs. In that year the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) undertook a development scheme to provide the type of labour force information that planners required to develop adequate and realistic planing strategies to improve the quality of the nations manpower resources. The first labour force survey was conducted during 1980 to provide current data on,topicc such as labour participation, occupational and industrial distribution, another related variables both in rural and urban sectors. The outcome of this survey, TMMANPOWER SITUATION IN CONTEMPORARY BANGLADESHTM, was published in June 1988.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
The enumeration was spread over the entire survey period by selecting 12 representative sub-samples (one for each month). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics staff working in Dhaka head office collected data from the field. As this was a monthly operation and the same PSUs were used in the LFS, Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and Child Nutrition Status Nodule Survey (CNSMS), much of the work was directly verifiable. The enumerators were more careful about their work because they were aware of the fact that repeated and intensive independent investigators were beLng and would be carried out for LFS, HES and CNSMS. Quality control of enumeration was ensured by periodic field visits of supervising officers of the Labour Force Section of ITLS & NI Wing.
Ministry of Planning
Filled-in schedules were processed on a flow basis. Schedu1es were edited for internal consistency and obvious omissions and errors'and coded using the Bangladesh Standard Occupational Classifications (BSOC) and the Bangladesh Standard Industrial Classifications. Data were then entered, edited and corrected in the computers.
BANGLADESH BUREAU OF STATISTICS
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The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.