Definition: Main activity status
Harmonisation of recommended core units, variables and classifications, 2000 Edition:
The following groups of main activity status are in use in the LFS, based on the respondent's self-perception:
- 1. Employed. Carries out a job or a profession, including unpaid work for a family business or holding, including an apprenticeship or paid traineeship, etc.
- 2. Unemployed
- 3. Pupil, student, further training, unpaid work experience
- 4. In retirement or early retirement or has given up business
- 5. Permanently disabled
- 6. In compulsory military service
- 7. Fulfilling domestic tasks
- 8. Other inactive person
- 9. Not applicable (child less than 15 years)
Labour force survey, 1998:
The "main activity status" gives each person's self-perception regarding his/her activity status; for instance, it identifies students with small jobs who are more closely associated with other students than with employed persons.
Harmonisation of recommended core units, variables and classifications, 2000 Edition, Eurostat, p.16
Eurostat, "Labour force survey: Methods and definitions, 1998 Edition", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999, p.69