Dissemination and analysis

Dissemination tools

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

Uses of ILOSTAT data

ILOSTAT data are widely re-used by other organizations for their datasets and as inputs into world recognized indices. Examples include:


ILOSTAT data are free to use and should be cited as follows regardless of the data tool used to access the data.

MLA style

MLA doesn’t have specific guidance for citing data. Since ILO’s data are available online through ILOSTAT, follow the formatting guidance for electronic sources generally.

International Labour Organization. “Employment by sex and age — ILO modelled estimates.” ILOSTAT database, https://ilostat.ilo.org/data/. Accessed 14-02-2020.

APA Style

International Labour Organization. (2020). ILOSTAT database [database]. Available from https://ilostat.ilo.org/data/.

Chicago style

International Labour Organization. “Employment by sex and age — ILO modelled estimates.” ILOSTAT. Accessed 14-02-2020. https://ilostat.ilo.org/data/.

When using footnotes or endnotes in Chicago Style, separate the elements of the citation with commas instead of periods.

International Labour Organization, “Employment by sex and age — ILO modelled estimates,” ILOSTAT, Accessed 14-02-2020, https://ilostat.ilo.org/data/.

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