The data that appear in this section have been valid since March 29th 2005. Official data can be viewed in the section corresponding to the 2005 EAPS-methodology.
The Economically Active Population Survey (EAPS), has been conducted since 1964. It is a continuous quarterly survey that targets households, and it's main objective is to obtain data on the labour force (which is subcategorized by employed and unemployed), and on the people outside the labour market. The theoretical sample varies from 64.000 households per quarter, to approx. 60.000 actually interviewed households, which implies approximately 200.000 people.
Since 1999, the EAPS, in accordance with Community guidelines incorporates a series of specific questions related to the labour market in its questionnaires. The results of these studies can be found in the section "Other information available".