This guide provides links to a wide range of statistical information from official sources relating to the labour force.  For links to other sources of government statistics use the Government Statistics guide.

Reference Materials: 

Labordoc is an online bibliography from the ILO that contains references to a wide range of print and electronic publications, including journal articles, from countries around the world, on all aspects of work and sustainable livelihoods, and the work-related aspects of economic and social development and human rights.

Data & Statistics


See the Library Data Centre surveys on Labour and Retirement.  Also search the <odesi> interface for other labour related resources.

  • Note: Statistical sources are included under the Government Information tab.

Government Information

Canada - Federal: 

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Industry Canada

Statistics Canada

Canada - Provincial: 

United States:

  • International Labor Comparisons (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Provides international comparisons of hourly compensation costs; productivity and unit labor costs; labor force, employment and unemployment rates; and consumer prices.  ILC data are used to assess U.S. economic and labor market performance relative to that of other countries and to evaluate the competitive position of the United States in increasingly global markets.

European Union

Eurostat (European Union)

International Labour Organization

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Organization of American States

World Bank



United States

National Archives "The way we worked" These historical photographs document: clothing, locales, conditions, and conflict in our workplaces.


  • Job Futures.org a non-governmental site that has links to provincial labour market information