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Periodic Labour Force Survey Replaces Annual Employment Unemployment Survey

Published on June 12, 2018
The government of India has decided to replace Annual Employment Unemployment Survey by Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) prepared by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

The decision is taken after considering the recommendations of  Task Force on Employment, chaired by Dr Arvind Panagariya

Benefits of Periodic Labour Force Survey

  • Collecting annual data on employment-unemployment in the rural sector
  • Collecting quarterly data on employment-unemployment on urban sector based on a larger sample size

Two Surveys of Labour Bureau

Labour Bureau conducts two major surveys on employment scenario

Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey (EUS) 
Five Annual Employment-Unemployment Surveys have been conducted and released by Labour Bureau. The field work of Sixth Annual Employment Unemployment Survey (2016-17) is to be completed by September 2018.   
Quarterly Employment Survey (QES)
The Quarterly Employment survey (New Series) is carried out with an objective to measure the relative change in employment situation over successive quarters for the establishments having 10 or more workers.

Limitations of QES
  • (i) It collects data of the 6th Economic Census (January, 2013 - April, 2014), therefore, does not include the new units which have been added after April 2014 and 
  • (ii) It only takes into account the enterprise having more than 10 workers and does not cover employment in establishments having less than 10 workers

Constitution of Technical Committee

The government has set up a technical committee under former chief statistician TCA Anant to bring in more transparency in jobs data calculation and presentation

Expected Questions

The government has set up a technical committee to bring in more transparency in jobs data calculation and presentation. Who is the head of the committee?
a. TCA Anant 
b. TCA Anand
c. TCA Anoop
d. TCA Anik
e. TCA Amit

Which of the following surveys is/are not conducted by Labour Bureau of India?
a. Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey
b. Quarterly Employment Survey
c. Periodic Labour Force Survey 
d. a and b both
e. b and c both

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