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Geographical Area: Кыргызская Республика

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Indicator name

8.5.2. Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities

Target name

8.5. By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

  1. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from Kyrgyzstan statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Kyrgyz statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Kyrgyz-specific metadata information.

Geographical coverage

Кыргызская Республика

Unit of measurement



The unemployment rate conveys the percentage of persons in the labour force who are unemployed, expressed in percentage.


Persons in unemployment are defined as all those of working age (usually persons aged 15 and above) who simultaneously fit in the following three categories^ • not in employment, • carried out activities to seek employment via public or commercial employment service, used or advertised in the media, directly contacted management of enterprise (employer), used personal contacts, etc., or took steps to organize their own business during a specified recent period and • were currently available to take up employment given a job opportunity Students, pensioners and disabled persons are counted as unemployed if were not employed, have been seeking a job and were ready to start it. Unemployed are also persons who during the period under review: • were not employed, but agreed on a start date (within 2 weeks after the reference period) and did not continue searching; • were not employed, but ready to start work, however not looking for job, as they were expecting the start of the season; • were not employed, but ready to start, however not looking for job, as they expected a response from management or employer to the previous application. For persons setting up a business, the period of seeking employment is considered to be the activity prior to enterprise’s registration. Activity after registration is considered to be employment in own enterprise. In cases where a commercial activity is organized without formal registration, the moment of transition from job search to job itself is the willingness to receive and complete the first order, or when financial resources become available, or preparedness of working space. Unemployed persons should not necessarily be registered with the employment service.

Rationale and interpretation
Method of computation

Unemployment rate is the percentage of unemployed in the total labour force. To calculate this indicator (according to the ILO unemployment criteria), data required on the total unemployed and labour force (economically active population), which includes employed and unemployed persons.

Comments and limitations
Quality assurance
Data availability and gaps

Data are published in the «Employment and unemployment» and «Women and men in the Kyrgyz Republic» statistical compendium


Data calculated at the country level, regions and cities of Bishkek and Osh

Comparability with international data/standards

ILO standards

References and documentation

KR National SDG Reporting Platform:

Data sources

Integrated Household Budget and Labour Force Sample Survey (Form №4 “Employment and unemployment”)

Data collection methods

The survey is conducted by interviewers visiting households and recording data in tablets based on questionnaires approved by the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. During household visits, responses can be obtained both from respondents and other household members if the respondent is absent at the time of interview. 5,016 households have been selected for the survey on a quarterly basis. The annual sample rotation is 25 per cent.

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National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (Labour and Employment Statistics Division)

Contact person(s)/focal point

Jailobaeva G.Zh.

Contact person's email

Contact person's phone

(0312) 626076

Organization website

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