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Labour force survey (LFS)

These data are provided by Statistics Canada under the terms of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) licence.


Note re weighting: The LFS has a complex sampling and weighting process. Each month the weights are adjusted to have all records add up to the estimated total population of Canada. In this edition of the LFS files, an additional weight variable fweighta has been created and is intended to be used when analyzing all 12 monthly surveys of an LFS year at one time.

Each record contains a variable identifying the month. If you are doing an analysis on a monthly basis and use only the records for that month then the weight variable will produce an estimate for the total population. If you are using all records on the file (ie all 12 monthly surveys, the weighted estimates (counts) using the 'fweight' variable provided by Statistics Canada will be about 12 times what they should be. The computed 'fweighta' variable consists of the 'fweight' variable divided by 12 to adjust for this. Similarly, if you are using only 3 months worth of records then the estimate will be 3 time what it should be and you must divide the resulting estimates (counts) by 3, etc. This is not an exact procedure and you may not end up with the same estimates as those released monthly by Statistics Canada.


Weights based on 2011 census data (version 6)


Note: each file contains 12 discrete monthly samples
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 - new -
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,

Weights based on 2006 census data (version 5)


Note: each file contains 12 discrete monthly samples
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
1987, 1988, 1989

Weights based on 2001 census, NAICS and NOC-S2001 codes (version 4)


Note: each file contains 12 discrete monthly samples
2010
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007[Reloaded 2008-02-12], 2008, 2009
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

LFS Documentation

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Created: 2004/02/12; Last updated: 2017-02-03