The following diagram illustrates the conceptual framework for the Labour Force Experience Survey. People aged 15 years and over were classified according to their labour force activity over a 12-month period, that is, whether they were working or looking for work.
The framework firstly differentiates between people who worked for the whole year, part of the year or did not work during the year. People who worked part of the year or did not work during the year were asked whether they looked for work during the year. People who looked for work were also asked about the time they spent looking for work.
Note that the terms worked and looked for work are not the same as the more precisely defined terms employed and unemployed, which are used in the monthly Labour Force Survey to describe current labour force status. See the Glossary for the definitions of these terms.