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Labour market dynamics refers to changes in jobs that take place as well as entries into and departures from economic activity affected by hirings, separations and the establishment and closure of self-employment activities.

The statistical secretariats of Eurostat, OECD and the ILO have co-operated in supporting national efforts to develop relevant statistics. Eurostat’s work has focused on the use of retrospective questions in the European Labour Force Survey (ELFS) as well as on the smaller and more experimental European Community Household panel (ECHP).

OECD work has focused on the problems and possibilities of estimating flows either from the rotation pattern of most labour force surveys (i.e. the fact that the same respondents are interviewed in several survey rounds), or from information about the length of the current periods of employment.

The most recent results from up to 18 OECD countries were presented to the OECD Working Party on Employment and Unemployment Statistics in April 2001.

Work in the ILO has focused on the possibility of finding a simple way of describing the dynamic labour experience of individuals over a particular reference period (e.g. one year).

Source Publication:
Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM): 2001-2002, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, 2002, page 692.

Cross References:
Labour market flows

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics

Created on Thursday, August 8, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, March 6, 2003