Featuring databases on a wide range of labour topics, ILOSTAT is widely used by journalists, researchers, academia and the general public, particularly for international comparisons. Below is an overview of the dissemination channels for ILOSTAT databases and analysis, as well as recommendations for proper citations.
We disseminate data through a variety of channels to meet the needs of different types of users. These tools are available from the data page.
ILOSTAT is a recurrent source of data for many ILO flagship publications, including the World Employment Social Outlook. The Department of Statistics also carries out its own analysis, mainly for the purpose of demonstrating uses of ILOSTAT data. This analysis is presented in a statistical brief series called Spotlight on Work Statistics and through our blog. See the latest posts below.
Uses of ILOSTAT data
Data in ILOSTAT databases are widely re-used by other organizations for their datasets and as inputs into world recognized indices. Examples include:
United Nations Statistics Division
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Minimum Set of Gender Indicators
- Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online
United Nations Development Programme
- Human Development Index (HDI)
- Gender Development Index (GDI)
- Gender Inequality Index (GII)
- Life-course Gender Gap Dashboard
ILOSTAT data are free to use and should be cited as follows regardless of the data tool used to access the data.
MLA does not have specific guidance for citing data. Since ILO’s data are available online through the ILOSTAT portal, follow the formatting guidance for electronic sources generally. Please cite the database name, ILOSTAT and website link.
When using footnotes or endnotes in Chicago Style, separate the elements of the citation with commas instead of periods.