Free and open access to labour statistics​​


Labour force participation rate

2021 global estimate


Potential labour force rate

2021 global estimate


working hours lost due to COVID-19

2021 global estimate


Unemployment rate

2021 global estimate

Data catalogue

The Excel summary files contain selected annual data for 2010 onward and selected short-term data for 2018 onward. 

Add-In for Excel

Excel Add-In

The ILOSTAT add-in provides free access to data series covering a wide range of labour topics (e.g., employment, unemployment, industrial relations, informality) directly via Microsoft Excel.  So if your preferred data management tool is Excel, install this add-in to significantly reduce the amount of time you spend downloading ILOSTAT data.

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About our databases

Continuously updated databases are updated for the public once a week, every Sunday at 10:00 pm (Europe/Paris time zone). The updating procedure only involves tables for which there is new data or that have undergone a modification or a structural change.

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Use filters above the table

Use the search feature to enter key words. On the data page, you can also filter the database and select a frequency to find monthly, quarterly, or annual indicators. While all indicators are available for annual periods, only a subset are available as monthly or quarterly. 

Options to access data

Data available in the Excel summary files are for indicators only (not available for countries or regions) for selected classification items for 2010 onward for annual data and 2018 onward for short-term indicators. For historical data or additional classifications, either use the Data Explorer or download the CSV file. 

Download a zipped CSV file (gzip) to get data in bulk. These files contain only codes. Download the dictionary with labels here

There are other options to access data in the data tools section

This tool provides an intuitive interface to filter the selection, pivot the table, calculate distributions, and export data into various formats.

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, Accessed 14-02-2020.

APA Style

International Labour Organization. (2020). ILOSTAT database [database]. Available from

Chicago style

International Labour Organization. “Employment by sex and age — ILO modelled estimates.” ILOSTAT. Accessed 14-02-2020.

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,