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Active Population Survey

The Active Population Survey is the main source of statistical information on the labour market. Its main purpose is to identify the relationship of the population with the economic activity: active population, employed population, unemployed population, activity rates, employment and unemployment.

The Active Population Survey involves research by means of continuous sampling, conducted by the INE throughout the Spanish territory. On a quarterly basis, Idescat conducts a detailed statistical operation for the area of Catalonia, from which it is able to expand the following results:

  • Quarterly and annual basic results for Catalonia and Spain (includes comparative results for the four Catalan provinces).
  • Detailed quarterly and annual results for Catalonia.

Statistical treatment of the Active Population Survey allows specific results to be obtained by some of the most important economic sectors of the Catalan economy, such as the tourism sector, the cultural sector and the ICT sector.

On an annual basis, Idescat conducts a statistical operation on the file from the sub-sample variables of the Active Population Survey and publishes structural information related to training and working conditions.

Available tables

Basic quarterly and annual results. Catalonia and Spain

Specific annual results (subsample). Catalonia

Comparative series of the active population

The Active Population Survey contains information on the types of occupation of the active population, as well as the economic activities of the establishments they work for. These variables are codified in accordance with the official statistical classifications valid for each period. The Catalan Classification of Economic Activities 2009 (CCAE-2009) came into force in 2009 and the Catalan Classification of Occupations 2011 (CCO-2011) came into force in 2011.

In other sections

Basic tables