By definition, a household survey includes data on households. A household is defined to be a basic residential unit. Household-based surveys are best suited for collecting statistics of work and of the labour force covering the resident population, their participation in all jobs and in all forms of work – in particular, work in the informal economy, own-use production work, unpaid trainee work and volunteer work. The most common type of household survey used to produce labour statistics is the labour force survey.

For more information, refer to the Quick Guide on Sources and Uses of Labour Statistics.

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