LABORSTA Internet On-line help



1. Introduction [top]

This dynamic application on Internet allows you to access data and metadata from the International Labour Organization Department of Statistics.

It consists of:

Statistics
  1. Total and Economically Active Population
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (mainly time-series) > from 1945
    • Economically Active Population Estimates and Projections 1980-2020 (EAPEP - time-series) > from 1980
  2. Employment
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
    • Main statistics (monthly) which serve to publish the ILO Bulletin of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1976
    • Employment for detailed occupational groups by sex (Segregat - time-series) > from 1960
    • ILO-Comparable Estimates - Adjusted annual average employment and unemployment estimates (ILOCE - time-series) > from 1981
    • Public Sector Employment (time-series) > from 1985
    • Number of workers by hours of work (time-series) > from 1995
  3. Unemployment
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
    • Main statistics (monthly) which serve to publish the ILO Bulletin of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1976
    • ILO-Comparable Estimates - Adjusted annual average employment and unemployment estimates (ILOCE - time-series) > from 1981
  4. Hours of Work
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
    • Main statistics (monthly) which serve to publish the ILO Bulletin of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1976
    • Wages and Hours of Work in 159 Occupations which serve to publish the ILO October Inquiry (time-series) > from 1983
    • Number of workers by hours of work (time-series) > from 1995
  5. Wages
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
    • Main statistics (monthly) which serve to publish the ILO Bulletin of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1976
    • Wages and Hours of Work in 159 Occupations which serve to publish the ILO October Inquiry (time-series) > from 1983
  6. Labour Cost
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
  7. Consumer Price Indices
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
    • Main statistics (monthly) which serve to publish the ILO Bulletin of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1976
    • Retail Prices of 93 Food Items which serve to publish the ILO October Inquiry (time-series) > from 1985
  8. Occupational Injuries
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
  9. Strikes and Lockouts
    • Main statistics (annual) which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics (time-series) > from 1969
  10. Household Income and Expenditure
    • Household Income and Expenditure Statistics (HIES - partly time-series)
  11. International Labour Migration
    • International Labour Migration Statistics (time-series) > from 1986
Metadata
  • Sources and Methods, Labour Statistics: methodological descriptions of national statistics by source
  • International classifications
  • Description of the Department of Statistics'topics
Useful information
  • Information about the ILO Department of Statistics
  • Contact us
  • Online help
  • Publications available
  • Specific data and metadata accesses by Regional and Sub-Regional ILO Offices
  • View the last modifications made in our website ("What's new" link)
  • Be informed automatically when LABORSTA Internet is updated ("RSS" link)
  • Useful links to International Agencies, National Statistical Offices, Labour Ministry
  • View last data updated in our website ("Update" link)

2. Welcome screen [top]

The welcome screen is split into two parts.

2.1 Left-hand side of the screen: menu to access statistics, metadata and useful information

This menu presents shortcuts that will ease you in your navigation to access statistics, metadata and useful information. For statistics and metadata, click on the box in order to show the full menu.

This menu is always accessible so that you could change easily from a data selection to another.

2.2 Right-hand side of the screen: main page

This is in this screen that all main part of the information will appear, such as what it is possible to do with the application, data selection, contents of the meta-information and so on.


3. Selection screen [top]

The selection screen appears when a data selection link is clicked. This screen is split into two parts.

3.1 Left-hand side of the screen: data selection

This part of the screen allows you to choose the criteria for selected time-series. The application allows for 3 parameters in the selection process: country/territory(ies), year(s) and table(s).

3.1.1 Countries and territories

Some 200 countries and territories are listed in alphabetical order. By clicking in this selection window and typing a letter, the system automatically positions itself at the first listed country starting with the letter typed (for example "D" will go to Denmark). You may select several contiguous country/territoy(ies) using the "Shift+Click" combination or several non-contiguous ones through the "Ctrl+Click" combination.

3.1.2 Years

LABORSTA contains time-series going back to 1969. You may specify the start and end year. The default selection gives you the 10 latest years.

3.1.3 Tables

For users familiar with the ILO Department of Statistics publications, the application's choice of tables corresponds to the Publication table of contents. You can select select several contiguous tables using the "Shift+Click" combination or several non-contiguous ones through the "Ctrl+Click" combination. The structure of the tables also mirrors the Yearbook, however, you do not need to know the Yearbook to use this application.

Having made your selection, you must click on the "Go!" button to submit your query to the server. Within a few seconds, the right-hand part of the screen is modified to show a 2-column table reflecting your selection.

3.2 Right-hand side of the screen: viewing/downloading selection

Prior to selection, this part of the screen simply displays a "waiting" message. Having made your selection, the list of table chosen appears with the number of records available. If data, you have then the possibility to view data or download them into a "Comma Separated Values" (CSV) file.


4. Viewing data [top]

To view the data you selected, the application opens up an additional window in which each selection is displayed.

Note: You can select one or more countries and one or more tables. But you can only view or download one or more countries per table at a time.

Note: The label of sub-classification appears in a small box when the mouse goes on the cell (JavaScript feature).

Tips: Once you have your result on the screen, you can copy and paste the data on an Excel sheet. Then you can make calculation and save your work directly in Excel format.

4.1 Notes and breaks

Notes and breaks appear together with the data in the presentation tables. Footnotes are indicated in the tables by a reference number with the corresponding text at the end of the table. Different coloured cells indicate a break in series, explained by a text at the end of the table. Within tables, a new country is indicated by a change in background colour.

4.2 Methodological information and classifications

In the tables hyperlinks exist for several fields. By clicking on these fields the following information is displayed:

  • the subject of each table (e.g. employment, unemployment,etc.) is linked to its general explanatory text;
  • the name of each table (e.g. employment, by economic activity, etc.) is linked to the specific explanatory text;
  • the source of the data in each table is linked to the corresponding methodological description from the "Sources and Methods" series;
  • the classification used is linked to the structure of the relevant International Standard Classification.

5. Downloading data [top]

Once you have selected table(s) and submitted your request, a dialog box appears asking whether you wish to open the downloaded file or save it on a disk.

If you choose the "save it on a disk" another dialog box allows you to specify the file name.

If you choose to immediately process the file with another software (such as a spreadsheet for example), the values contained in the CSV file will be automatically assigned to cells. However, this process works properly only if the list separator of your operating system is a comma. Therefore, you must check this setting on your personal computer.

Tips: For Windows, to change the list separator of your operating system: Start / Control panel / Regional and Language options / Regional options / Customize... / Numbers / put "," in the list separator, and click on "apply".

Note: You can select one or more countries and one or more tables. But you can only view or download one or more countries per table at a time.


6. E-mail connexions [top]

If you have any comments or suggestions, or wish to request further information concerning either the application or the data, you can directly e-mail us by . We encourage you to contact us and look forward to hearing from you.