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Unemployment data coverage
Description In general, four main sources of unemployment statistics may be distinguished: labour force sample surveys; official estimates provided by national authorities, usually based on combined information drawn from one or more of the other sources described here; social insurance statistics drawn from the records of compulsory unemployment insurance schemes which, where they exist, as a rule have a broad industrial coverage related to wage earners only. Unemployment rates are computed by comparing the number of recipients of insurance benefits to the total number of insured persons covered by the schemes; employment office statistics, which generally refer to the number of persons looking for work who are entered on the registers at the end of each month, and may include persons, on strike, or temporarily ill and unable to work and persons engaged on unemployment relief projects. (59).
Source Labour Statistics Yearbook, (Geneva).
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