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GENDER-BASED REVISION IN THE HOUSEHOLD LABOR FORCE SURVEYS

Gökçe Uysal and Furkan Kavuncu

Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) made some important methodological changes in the Household Labor Force Surveys (HLFS) in February 2014.  These methodological changes created a break in the time series of labor market statistics. Underlining this break, TurkStat emphasized that the figures of the pre-2014 period were not comparable to the numbers of the post- 2014 period. To generate comparable data, some of the monthly labor force statistics were revised back in June 2014. This retraction process, however, was limited to a number of labor indicators such as aggregate labor force, employment and unemployment. Unfortunately TurkStat did not conduct a gender-based retrospective adjustment on the series. In this information brief, the main labor market indicators are revised in accordance with TurkStat’s main principles as released on its website. Our main goal is to provide labor market series for each gender that are comparable across the 2005-2013 and 2014-2017 periods.

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