Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
Main activity status with respect to the labor force, which distinguishes between the employed and the not employed. The employed are those for whom work is the main activity, while for all the others the main activity should attempt to distinguish between pensioners, students, and homemakers.
Individuals aged 6+
Source of information
Data Dictionary & Questionnaire/Codebook
Imputation and derivation
Original survey variable recoded/renamed (Ref: Data dictionary.pdf)
Unlike LFS, the main distinction in MAS is between employed and not employed
Employed: refers to those who, during the reference period, experienced any employment (any type or any extent) - even just one occasional hour of paid work or irregular unpaid family work (ILO definition).
Not employed: The rationale is that the individuals do not generally spend their time being unemployed, but use the unemployment time to participate in other activities (e.g, attending school or being a housewife). Unemployment will generally be considered the primary activity only if the individual states that unemployment is his/her primary activity (e.g, unemployed and actively searching for a job) or if the individual is registered as unemployed and does not indicate significant participation in any other activity. In these cases, the individuals, will be assigned their own category among the Not employed
Accordingly, Not employed is classified into:
* Unemployed individuals who are not employed comprise all who are not in employment but currently available to take up employment and carry out activities to seek employment, and who report that they are unemployed.
* Not in Labor Force/Inactive- individuals identifiable as being neither employed nor unemployed, by the definitions above. If possible, the inactive category should distinguish between the retired, students, homemakers, pensioners, etc.
COUNTRY SPECIFIC NOTES
Those reported pensioners in the raw data are aged 64 years or younger, while all those aged 65 years or older are coded "above 65 years and not working", thus pensioners aged 65 years or older cannot be identified.
Few cases are reported students in the reason for which they do not desire/ready to work and the reason for not search a job, while they are not coded enrolled at the time of the survey in the education enrollment status variable. No changes were done for those cases, they might not be still enrolled at the time of the survey but plan to get enrolled therefore that are not willing to start working.