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Economically inactive population by Age, Reason for inactivity, Sex, Country and Year

Economically inactive population by Age, Reason for inactivity, Sex, Country and Year


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Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national official sources.

Definition: The economically inactive population includes all the persons who are not part of the labour force, i.e. are neither employed nor unemployed.

General note: Data come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), unless otherwise specified.
Data are shown in thousands.

Armenia:
*")="2008: break in series, application of ILO methodology, data covers population aged 15-75.

Austria:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2004): Break in series due to change in data collection procedure.

Bulgaria:
*")="Change in definition (1990): Data for &
39;Other reasons, including sickness&
39; include persons who are inactive for personal or family reasons.

Bulgaria:
*")="Change in definition (1995 - 2002): Data for &
39;Other reasons, including sickness&
39; include persons who are inactive for personal or family reasons.
Data refer to June and include persons on compolsory military service

Bulgaria:
*")="Change in definition (2003 - 2012): Data for &
39;Other reasons, including sickness&
39; include persons who are inactive for personal or family reasons.
Data are annual averages and exclude persons on compulsory military service.

Bulgaria:
*")="Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1993

Canada:
*")="Change in definition (1990 - 2013): Data for ?Study, Retirement and Home-making? include only persons who have left their jobs within the last 12 months. All other inactive persons are included in the category &
39;Other reasons, including sickness&
39;.

Canada:
*")="Territorial change (1990 - 2013): Data do not cover the three northern territories (Yukon, Northwest and Nunavuk ).

Cyprus:
*")="Territorial change (2000 - 2012): Data cover government controlled area.

Czech Republic:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2010): For &
39;Inactive persons: retired&
39;.

Denmark:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2009): Beark in series due to change in sources

Estonia:
*")="Change in definition (2000 - 2013): Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74.

Finland:
*")="Change in definition (1990 - 2006): Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74. Data for ?Home-making? include persons who take care of own children or other dependants.
Data for ?Other reasons, including sickness? include disability and other reasons.
Data for inactive persons aged 65+ were all classified as retired.

Finland:
*")="Change in definition (2007 - 2013): Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74. Data for ?Home-making? include persons who take care of own children or other dependants.
Data for ?Other reasons, including sickness? include disability and other reasons.

France:
*")=" Data cover only Metropolitan France.

Georgia:
*")="Change in definition (2008 - 2012): Inactive persons: homemaker - also includes a man who looks after infants or disabled persons

Georgia:
*")="Territorial change (2000 - 2012): Data do not cover Abkhazia AR and Tskhinvali Region

Germany:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2005): Until 2004, data refer to one reporting week. From 2005 data are annual average figures.

Greece:
*")="Reference period (2000 - 2013): Estimations are based on 2nd quarter of corresponding year

Hungary:
*")="Change in definition (2000 - 2013): Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74. Data on ?Home-making? category include persons on parental leave. Data on ?Other reasons, including sickness? include permanently disabled persons.

Iceland:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2003): Break in serie because of change to continuous survey every week of the year.

Iceland:
*")="Change in definition (1990 - 2013): The survey sample covered population aged 16 to 74.

Iceland:
*")="Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1991.

Ireland:
*")="Change in definition (2000 - 2013): Inactive according to ILO criteria classified by PES

Israel:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2000): In 1998: 1) Changes in the weighting method; 2) Transition to the 1995 Population Census estimates; See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/www/publications/saka_change/tch_e.pdf

Israel:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2001): Changes in the weighting method. See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/www/saka_y/e_intro_f1_comparison-mimi.f

Israel:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2009): 1) Update of the definition of the civilian labour force characteristics; 2) Transition to the 2008 Population Census estimates. See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications11/1460/pdf/intro05_e.pdf

Israel:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2012): 1) Transitiom from a quarterly to a monthly LFS; 2) Changes in the definitions of labour force characteristics (including compulsory and permanent military service into labour force). See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/publications/labour_survey04/labour_f--orce_survey/answer_question_e_2012.pdf

Israel:
*")="Change in definition (1995): From 1995, 1) Update of the definitions of labour force characteristics; 2) Changes in the Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities; See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/www/publications/saka_change/tch_e.pdf

Israel:
*")="Change in definition (2000): From 2000, changes in the questionnaire (Highest Diploma Received, Discouraged Workers, Employees hired through employment agencies or employment contractors); See explanations: http://www.cbs.gov.il/www/saka_y/e_intro_e_changes.pdf

Italy:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2004): From 2004, there is a break in series due to change in survey and data collection procedure (continuous survey).

Kyrgyzstan:
*")="2003: break in series: change in methodology.

Latvia:
*")="Change in definition (2002 - 2012): Age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74.

Latvia:
*")="Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1996.

Luxembourg:
*")="Reference period (1980): Data refers to year 1983

Moldova, Republic of:
*")="Territorial change (2000 - 2012): Data exclude the territory of the Transnistria and municipality of Bender

Norway:
*")="Change in definition (2006 - 2013): Data for age group 15-64 refers to 15-66; age group 25-49 refers to 25-54; age group 50-64 refers to 55-66; age group 65+ refers to 55-74 and age group 15+ refers to 15-74. Data for ?Retirement? include early retirement and disabled persons.

Poland:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2003): Data refer to Population National Census 2002 and are not fully comparable to the data for the previous years.

Poland:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2010): Data are based on the Population and Housing Census 2011 results. Data for 2010-2013 are not fully comparable with data prior to 2010.

Portugal:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2011 - 2013): The results since 2011 and onwards are not directly comparable with the results for the previous years.

Romania:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2002): Due to the revision of the definitions and the coverage, the data series of 2002-2012 are not perfectly comparable with data series of previous years.

Romania:
*")="Reference period (1995): Data for 1995 refers to March 1995

Russian Federation:
*")="Change in definition (1990 - 2013): Data present the population aged 15-72 years

Russian Federation:
*")="Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1992

Russian Federation:
*")="Territorial change (1990 - 2006): Data do not include the Chechen Republic

Serbia:
*")="Territorial change (2004 - 2013): Data do not cover Kosovo and Metohia.

Spain:
*")="Change in definition (1990 - 2013): Data for age group 15+ refers to 16+; age group 15-24 refers to 16-24 and age group 15-64 refers to 16-64. Data are annual average of the four quarters of the year.

Switzerland:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2009 - 2010): Change to continuous survey. As of 2010: annual averages

Switzerland:
*")="Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1991
Data refer to 2nd quarter

Switzerland:
*")="Reference period (1995 - 2009): Data refer to 2nd quarter

Turkey:
*")="Break in methodlogy (2004): Data are revised according to the 2008 population projections.

Ukraine:
*")="Change in definition (2000 - 2012): Economicaly active population include persons aged 15-70, who can not be classified as "employed" and "unemployed".

Ukraine:
*")="Territorial change (2000 - 2012): Data do not cover the area of radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl disaster.