Today's employment release will no doubt generate many headlines and not a certain amount of bragging by the government. I think almost everyone would agree that these are important data to collect and to publish. But where do they come from? The answer is the Labour Force Survey, and here is how it works:
- Some 54,000 households are sampled.
- Participation is mandatory coercive.
- The questionnaire is long and intrusive.
- Participants must respond every month for six months in a row. (None of this wimpy once-in-a-decade nonsense for the LFS.)
So here's a question I'd like to see answered: Is the Labour Force Survey going to go the way of the census?