With the transition to the planned development period in Turkey, information about structure of economically active population has started to be gathered from General Population Censuses conducted in every five years and Labour Force Surveys (LFS) being conducted since 1966. However, data obtained from these sources especially the data obtained from Labour Force Survey which is the main data source for monitoring the labour market were not comparable within a time series because of the differences on geographical areas covered, definitions, concepts, variables and classifications until 1988.

It was targeted to redesign the labor force survey to take labor market pulse on time and more correctly in the context of the project on Labour Market Information System coordinated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and then in the context of World Bank Employment and Training Project with the technical assistance of International Labour Organization (ILO).

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