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Free and open access to labour statistics
The Excel summary files contain selected annual data for 2010 onward and selected short-term data for 2018 onward.
Add-In for Excel
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
|COVID Monitor||COVID||COVID-related indicators from the ILO's COVID Monitor, including working-hour losses||With release of COVID Monitor; next update scheduled for Fall 2021|
|Labour market-related SDG indicators||ILOSDG||Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) labour market-related indicators on working poverty, social protection, informal employment, unemployment, women in management, earnings, occupational injuries and child labour||February for social protection and child labour and continuous for all other indicators|
|ILO modelled estimates and projections||ILOEST||Global, regional, and country-level modelled estimates of the labour force, employment (by economic activity, by status in employment and by occupation), unemployment, wage growth, and labour productivity||January with launch of WESO report -- 2021 edition exceptionally scheduled for May|
|Labour force statistics||LFS||Labour force statistics from national household surveys including indicators on employment, unemployment, measures of labour underutilization, working time, and monthly earnings||Continuous|
|Short term labour force statistics||STLFS||Monthly and quarterly labour force statistics from national household surveys including indicators on employment, unemployment, working time, and monthly earnings||Continuous|
|Youth labour market indicators||YouthSTATS||Selected labour market indicators (employment, unemployment, labour underutilization, and working time) with detailed breakdowns focused on youth ages 15 to 29||Continuous|
|Education and skills mismatch||SKILLS||Labour market indicators broken down by education including cross-tabulations by occupation to assess mismatches||Continuous|
|Gender equality and non-discrimination at work statistics||GEND||Gender-related indicators including breakdowns by marital status and household type (note this is a subset of data available by sex) and labour force status of disabled persons||Continuous|
|Rural and urban labour market statistics||RURBAN||Labour market indicators broken down by rural and urban areas||Continuous|
|Industrial relations data||IRdata||Trade union membership, collective bargaining and industrial disputes (strikes and lockouts)||Every 2 years; next update scheduled for Fall 2021|
|Working conditions||COND||Working time and arrangements (hours, part-time and temporary employment), earnings, minimum wages and occupational safety and health statistics (fatalities and non-fatal injuries at work, days lost due to occupational injuries and labour inspection)||Continuous|
|Statistics on unpaid work||UNPAID||Currently only covers volunteer work (levels and rates of participation)||Ad hoc; no updates planned|
|International labour migration statistics||ILMS||Labour migrant stocks, inflows and outflows||December|
|Competitiveness indicators||COMP||Indicators on labour productivity, hourly labour cost, and inflation||Continuous|
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.