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First comprehensive labor force survey in Lebanon


In cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU), and under the patronage of prime minister Saad Hariri, the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) launched yesterday the first and largest “labor force and households’ living conditions survey” targeting 40,000 Lebanese families. The survey covers socio-economic, demographic, education and employment characteristics of household residents in Lebanon, as well as living conditions related to health insurance, disability and housing. Its importance lies in the fact that it is a means for formulating targeted and effective labor policies and information systems in the country due to the lack of documented and up-to-date data and analysis on the work and life conditions for Lebanon’s population, including displaced Syrians. During the launch, CAS director general Maral Tutelian, explained that the survey will provide significant amount of useful data on the living conditions of families and the workforce in Lebanon. This, she said, will facilitate for the first time provision of information on multiple indicators related to the labor force and living conditions on the Caza (district) level, and will for the first time provide data on the seasonality of labor. “These indicators are among the most important of those included in the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which Lebanon committed to implementing and insuring indicators for all its items,” Tutelian maintained. For his part, EU head of operations Rein Nieland, pointed out that up-to-date statistics are required in order to produce better policies and make more efficient decisions. To be noted, that the field work will be carried out over an entire year. (Al Mustaqbal, Al Akhbar, February 1, 2018)

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