Definition: Economically active
(Economically) active - 'Labour force' consists of persons belong to the following categories:
- At work
Persons stating they are 'currently' working for pay or profit in a job or business for at least one hour, or not currently working but with a job or business from which they are temporarily absent. Persons 'at work' comprise therefore 'paid employees', 'self-employed (together with employers)', persons in 'training under special scheme related to employment' or in 'paid apprenticeship'. Persons 'working unpaid in family enterprise' are also included.
Persons that are currently not working (i.e. 0 hours) and are available to start work within the next two weeks AND
(a) that have already found a job to start in the future or are awaiting the outcome of an application or interview, or
(b) that are actively seeking a job (i.e. contacted a public employment office for finding work, applied directly to an employer, studied or replied to advertisements, contacted a private employment or vocational guidance agency, asked friends or contacts or have taken steps to start an own business), or
(c) that are seeking a job and have received a job offer during the past 4 weeks.
Eurostat, "European Community Household Panel (ECHP) - Selected indicators from the 1995 wave", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999