Experienced labour force

Part A - Short definition:

Not applicable

Part B - Detailed definition:

Refers to persons who, during the week of Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7, 2011, were employed and the unemployed who had last worked for pay or in self-employment in either 2010 or 2011.

Early enumeration was conducted in remote, isolated parts of the provinces and territories in February, March and April 2011. When enumeration has taken place before May 2011, the reference date used is the date on which the household was enumerated.

Reported in:


Reported for:

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s):

Derived variable: Questions 34 to 39


Not applicable


  1. The Experienced labour force variable is frequently used when tabulating occupation, industry and class of worker data. For respondents not currently employed, the data on industry, occupation and class of worker are collected for the job of longest duration since January 1, 2010.
  2. See Figure 2.1 for the components of population and Labour force status variable.
  3. For information on the comparability of the 2011 National Household Survey labour force status data with those of the Labour Force Survey, see Appendix 2.1.
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