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Economically Active Population Survey (EAPS). First Quarter 2024

The number of employed decreases by 139,700 people compared to the previous quarter and stands at 21,250,000. In seasonally adjusted terms, the quarterly variation is 0.54%. Employment has grown by 615.800 people in the last 12 months.

Specific information in view of the COVID-19 crisis within the Labour Force Survey

In the second quarter EAPS for 2020, exceptional questions were added¿which have been kept in the third and fourth quarters¿regarding work at home, why the person left or lost their last job, and atypical hours (on weekends, nights, etc.), which are usually only published in annual results. The purpose of this change is to analyse the causes behind lay-offs or job losses and the working day conditions in greater detail. The INEbase tables related to said variables are available for review.

In addition, a special breakdown of the inactive category has been carried out.

Economically Active Population Survey - Quarter 1/2024
Indicator Note Value Variation
Employed 1 21,250.0 2.98
Unemployed 1 2,977.9 -6.54
Economic activity rate 2 58.63 0.19
Unemployment Rate 2 12.29 -1.09
  • Value in thousands. Variation over the same period the previous year
  • Value as a percentage. Variation: difference with regard to the rate for the same period the previous year

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The Economically Active Population Survey (EAPS) has been conducted since 1964. The current methodology has been used since 2005.

This continuous and quarterly research is aimed at families, intended to collect data on the labour force and its various categories (employed, unemployed) as well as on the population outside the labour market (inactive).

The initial sample is taken from about 65,000 families per quarter, equivalent to approximately 160,000.

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