Persons marginally attached to the labour force are working-age persons, neither employed, nor actively looking for work, but who are willing/desire to work and are available for taking a job during the survey reference week. Additionally, when this applies, they have looked for work during the past 12 months.

This measure is broader in scope than discouraged jobseekers and corresponds more closely to the potential labour force. In some countries, this group may be used to produce alternative measures of labour underutilisation instead of the potential labour force.

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