Social statistics

On sample size for low proportions

Intro When dealing with labor force statistics, a key variable for the design of an unemployment household survey is the the status of individuals in the labor force. For governments, it is of interest to provide a set of indicators intended to measure and track the occupation of the citizens of the country (or region). For example, you can obtain estimates of the current unemployment rate (measured monthly or quarterly); also, the net change between two periods and the gross flows between categories of employment among periods are also of interest.
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