Namibia Statistics agency has launched its 2014 labour force survey which will take place from 29 September 2014 until 11 October 2014.
As noted by NSA Secretary General Dr John Steytler, their mandate is to provide timely and relevant statistics for policy makers and the nation at large. The labour force Survey provides information on the labour force, such from its size, and the number of people employed in a certain sector and is the employment rate, among others.
Initially the survey used to be conducted every four years, but now is now conducted on a yearly basis. “NSA has finalised the preparation of the next round of the labour force survey.
The labour force survey is the only official source of labour force statistics in the country and it is the only survey that provides the official unemployment rate in the country. Of all national statistics, the unemployment rate produced by the labour force survey is one of the most widely used indicators to assess the health of the economy of Namibia and its labour market,” Dr Steytler said.
The labour force statistics is significant for planning and crafting policies relevant to the situation on the ground. Enumerators will be trained from next week in Otjiwarongo and Ondangwa respectively. Thus the official listing of the households will commence throughout the country before the initial enumeration starts on the 29 September.