Annual: Unemployed Persons

Data as of 31 Dec 2021, 23:59

Thousands of people ('000 people)

How is this data produced?

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) provides statistics on the labour force, employment and unemployment at national and state level, as well as across urban and rural areas. Data from this survey is published on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. A comprehensive and systematic approach in data collection and processing has been maintained over a period of time in order to obtain comparable time series statistics.

What caveats I should bear in mind when using this data?

There is no data for 1991 and 1994 because the LFS was not conducted in those years. The sum of each category may not always equal to the totals shown in related tables because of independent rounding to one decimal place. However, the differences are not obvious.

Publication(s) using this data

Labour Force Report, December 2022, the latest edition of the monthly labour force statistics published by DOSM. OpenDOSM also features a dashboard on the labour force.


Dataset description

The annual Labour Force Report presents the statistics of labour force, employment and unemployment obtained from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Last updated

09 Feb 2023, 12:00

Next update

09 Mar 2023, 12:00

Data source(s)
  • DOSM

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Connect directly to the data with Python.

# If not already installed, do: pip install pandas fastparquet import pandas as pd URL_DATA = '' df = pd.read_parquet(URL_DATA) if 'date' in df.columns: df['date'] = pd.to_datetime(df['date']) print(df)

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