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Labour Force Survey

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The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a key component of the integrated survey program – General, Multi-Purpose Households Survey. It produces baseline labour market information for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and each of its regions. The LFS reports estimates of the size of the workforce, current levels of employed and unemployed citizens and non-citizens, monitors change and identifies trends. The LFS collects information annually from a sample of people present and/or usually resident in the Emirate at a specific point in time. The results support decision-makers in formulating and monitoring labor market policies across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and within its regions.

Element Description

Survey Name

Labour Force Survey

Organization Name

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD)


Labour Force Statistics



Sample Unit

Household, Person

Data Confidentiality

Decree no. (28) of 2015 concerning Statistics Centre- Abu Dhabi

Report(s) are not available

Element Description


Estimate the size of the labour force and its distribution within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by region, nationality and gender.

Estimate the participation rates in economic activity by various characteristics.

Estimate the employment and unemployment rates based on particular characteristics.

Measure changes in employment and unemployment rates, especially among citizens.

Provide data on unemployed individuals, those who are unable to work and those who are unwilling to work by geographic characteristics.

Provide a range of workforce information (for example, socio-demographic characteristics; reasons for, and periods of, unemployment).

Provide data on average working hours by occupation and economic activity.

Produce a series of indicators, consistent with the SCAD list of statistical indicators.

Benefits of survey/project to the society

At the aggregate level the data are needed to construct current price activity based National Accounts estimates and improve benchmarks for the reconciliation of quarterly and annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates.

At various levels of dis-aggregation, the data provide important information for the measurement of trends in economic activity for business and government use. The results also act as a benchmark against which businesses can gauge their performance against other businesses in their industry and of similar size.​


Labour Force

  • Total Labour Force
  • Labour Force Structure
  • Activity Rates


  • Total Employed
  • Employment Characteristics (includes hours of work)
  • Employment by Occupation
  • Employment by Economic Activity
  • Employment by Sector
  • Dependency Rates


  • Total Unemployed
  • Unemployment characteristics
  • Unemployment Rates


  • Total Inactive
  • Characteristics of Inactive


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