The main objective of the LFS is to collect basic statistics on the labour force situation in Somalia and make labour statistics available to the federal government, the private sector, and the general public for making decisions that aim at improving the employment situation of Somalis.

The results of this survey, representing critical labour market statistics, will constitute inputs for development planning and guiding the labour policies. There has been a scarcity of data on employment in Somalia. The challenge has been the lack of non-representative of the whole country and regularity of the survey. Hence, the LFS 2019 is an essential tool for filling the gap of the needed labour market data allowing a better understanding of contemporary economic challenges and opportunities in the country.

The LFS 2019 was carried out by the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States, in collaboration with ILO Somalia.