More information from the annual Participation, Job Search and Mobility (PJSM) survey is available in these topic-based releases:
Microdata from the PJSM survey for 2015 to 2023 is available in DataLab as a supplementary file to the Longitudinal Labour Force. For more information, refer to Microdata and TableBuilder: Participation, Job Search and Mobility
Potential workers and marginal attachment to the labour force
Since 2021, a simpler approach has been used for presenting statistics on unused labour supply. This Potential workers release of PJSM data presents statistics on all people who are not employed (i.e. regardless of their classification in the monthly Labour Force Survey as unemployed or not in the labour force), and the extent to which they may be regarded as "Potential workers" based on their circumstances and activities.
Historically, PJSM content has been presented using the marginal attachment framework and the characteristics of people "not participating in the labour force" were based on the criteria used to derive unemployment (i.e. job search activity and/or availability).
While the new approach to presenting statistics for potential workers differs slightly from the traditional marginal attachment framework, and presents some population groups that do not entirely overlap with some of the marginally attached groups, there is still a strong alignment between them. Statistics within the traditional marginal attachment framework are also still available.