The register based labour force statistic (RAS) is primarily been used to structural analysis of the labour market, because the statistic has a very detailed level of information. Many external as well as internal users are using the statistic.
RAS is widely used by many external users. That is e.g. municipalities, counties, government departments, the news media and private organizations and enterprises. RAS is primarily used to analyze labour market structures, because it contains very detailed information. Information from RAS are also widely used in other statistical registers and databases maintained by Statistics Denmark. LMA, which RAS is based on, is part of the data foundation for the Working Time Account (WTA). The WTA is a data source for employment in the National accounts.
There has not been conducted any analysis of the user satisfaction with the statistic. However, many external as well as internal users are using the statistic, and a number of users committees are set up by Statistics Denmark with the purpose to support the dialog with the users, and involve them in the development of the statistics. There is thus also a user’s committee pointed out for labour market statistics, which is involved in the work with RAS.
There is no regulation in the field. RAS is, in the extent possible with register-based data, following the international guidelines from ILO (International Labour Organization). ILO is an UN organization that among other things determines the international guidelines on how to specify the population main connection to the labour market. The ILO guidelines are primarily pointed towards survey-based inquiries (Labour Force Survey), where the person itself provides the information about the connection to the labour market. Since RAS is based on register-data the requirements from ILO is adjusted to use for RAS. The ILO guidelines consist among other things of a set of rules for prioritizing the main connection to the labour market. The guidelines dictate that employment has a higher priority than unemployment, while unemployment has higher priority than activities outside the labour force.