The "unemployed" comprise all persons above a specified age who during the reference period were:
(a) "without work", i.e. were not in paid employment or self-employment;
(b) "currently available for work", i.e. were available for paid employment or self-employment during the reference period; and
(c) "seeking work", i.e. had taken specific steps in a specified recent period to seek paid employment or selfemployment. The specific steps may include registration at a public or private employment exchange; application to employers; checking at worksites, farms, factory gates, market or other assembly places; placing or answering newspaper advertisements; seeking assistance of friends or relatives; looking for land, building, machinery or equipment to establish own enterprise; arranging for financial resources; applying for permits and licences, etc.
International Labour Organisation (ILO) Resolution Concerning Statistics of the Economically Active Population, Employment, Unemployment and Underemployment Adopted by the 13th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, October 1982