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Eurostat Micro Data: public use files


Data description

EurostatEurostat and CROS (Collaboration in Research and Methodology for Official Statistics) provide public use files (PUFs) for the EU Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).

[This web page only describes public use files. For information on full versions, please visit the Library resource pages for EU-LFS and EU-SILC.]

Public use files in the Eurostat/CROS project are produced by a network of statistical offices in the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA).

"Public microdata consist of sets of records containing information on individual persons, households or business entities. The files are created to allow the general public to get familiar with statistical microdata. The files are prepared in such a way that individual entities cannot be identified; this goes with a loss in information value. Public microdata are sometimes referred to as public use files (PUFs). They are derived from microdata made available for research (scientific use files, SUFs). European Public microdata are currently available for the two most popular domains in social statistics: the labour force survey (LFS) and the EU statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). Files are available only for the countries that have agreed to their publication (see the overview). More microdata might be available at the national level. To this publication of public microdata the Legal notice with a disclaimer, copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection applies."


Time period
  • Data released: 2018
  • Coverage: 2004-2013, varying by country and series.


Support links


How to access public use versions of Eurostat micro data files 


For details of access to EU-LFS and EU-SILC, please consult these three Library resource guides:


Data homepage

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Page last updated on 08 July 2024

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