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04542: Employed persons, total, and employed persons at work, number of man-weeks worked and actual working hours per week, by sex and status 1996K1 - 2021K3


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There was a change in the LFS from January 2006, where the age limit was lowered from 16 to 15 years. In order to compare the figures for 2006 with the previous years, figures for 2006 have also been published based on the old method. There may be occasional breaks in the time series of man-weeks worked due to public holidays (movable feasts). The figures by old and new definition for man-weeks worked/actual working hours not only reflect changes concerning age, but also changes in the questionnaire. In 1st quarter 2006 half of the sample got the old version of the questions about actual working hours, and the rest of sample the new version. The figures in the table covers persons aged 15-74 years. From 2018, a new estimation method has been applied, the figures have been revised back to 2006. For more information, see separate article . A major restructuring of the LFS was carried out from January 2021. With the reorganization, changes have been made to the sample that is included in the survey, and the question sequences, question formulations and answer alternatives have been modernized and adapted to self-completion as a future collection method. See About the statistics for more information about the changes that have been made. Due to the restructuring as of 2021, the number of salaried employees and self-employed are not comparable with previous quarters.


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Employed persons at work and actual working hours (hours per week) do not include those who were temporarily absent from work the whole reference week.