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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants in the Zambia Labour Survey 2009

From: Occupational illnesses in the 2009 Zambian labour force survey

Characteristic Male Female Total
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age (years)    
5-9 11654 (18.2) 11656 (17.8) 23310 (18.0)
10-14 11099 (17.3) 10958 (16.7) 22057 (17.0)
15-19 9837 (15.3) 9421 (14.4) 19258 (14.8)
20-24 6435 (10.0) 7585 (11.6) 14020 (10.8)
25-34 10399 (16.2) 11268 (17.2) 21667 (16.7)
35-44 6802 (10.6) 6699 (10.2) 13501 (10.4)
45-54 3715 (5.8) 3729 (5.7) 7444 (5.7)
55+ 4178 (6.5) 4330 (6.6) 8508 (6.6)
Total 64119 (100) 65646 (100) 129765 (100)
Marital status    
Never married 24364 (50.8) 19143 (38.7) 43507 (44.6)
Married 21501 (44.8) 22459 (45.4) 43960 (45.1)
Separated 476 (1.0) 1058 (2.1) 1534 (1.6)
Divorced 752 (1.6) 2369 (4.8) 3121 (3.2)
Widowed 821 (1.7) 4356 (8.8) 5177 (5.3)
Cohabiting 70 (0.1) 102 (0.2) 172 (0.2)
Total 47984 (100) 49487 (100) 97471 (100)
Completed years in formal school    
0 348 (0.7) 373 (0.7) 721 (0.7)
1-3 10331 (19.5) 11828 (23.1) 22159 (21.3)
4-7 20239 (38.2) 22179 (43.3) 42418 (40.7)
8-9 10312 (19.5) 9060 (17.7) 19372 (18.6)
10-12 9820 (18.6) 6541 (12.8) 16361 (15.7)
13+ 1887 (3.6) 1246 (2.4) 3133 (3.0)
Total 52937 (100) 51227 (100) 104164 (100)
Province    
Central 6147 (9.6) 6165 (9.4) 12312 (9.5)
Copperbelt 10349 (16.1) 10397 (15.8) 20746 (16.0)
Eastern 7978 (12.4) 8085 (12.3) 16063 (12.4)
Luapula 5937 (9.3) 5970 (9.1) 11907 (9.2)
Lusaka 7162 (11.2) 7260 (11.1) 14422 (11.1)
Northern 8080 (12.6) 8208 (12.5) 16288 (12.6)
North-Western 4378 (6.8) 4407 (6.7) 8785 (6.8)
Southern 8485 (13.2) 8830 (13.5) 17315 (13.3)
Western 5603 (8.7) 6324 (9.6) 11927 (9.2)
Total 64119 (100) 65646 (100) 129765 (100)
Current* employment status    
Self employed 17050 (42.3) 11565 (29.7) 28615 (36.1)
Employed 126 (0.3) 67 (0.2) 193 (0.2)
Paid employee 7641 (18.9) 3253 (8.4) 10894 (13.8)
Unpaid family worker 15406 (38.2) 23896 (61.5) 39302 (49.6)
Other 116 (0.3) 99 (0.3) 215 (0.3)
Total 40339 (100) 38880 (100) 79219 (100)
Current employer    
Central government 1549 (3.8) 924 (2.4) 2473 (3.1)
Local government 217 (0.5) 126 (0.3) 343 (0.4)
Parastatal/State owned firm 352 (0.9) 95 (0.2) 447 (0.6)
Private 7382 (18.3) 3529 (9.1) 10911 (13.8)
NGO** or church 251 (0.6) 153 (0.4) 404 (0.5)
International organization 49 (0.1) 24 (0.1) 73 (0.1)
Household 30542 (75.7) 34032 (87.5) 64574 (81.5)
Total 40342 (100) 38883 (100) 79225 (100)
Current number of employees at place of work    
5+ 11907 (29.6) 8128 (21.0) 20035 (25.4)
Total 40162 38646 78808
Current employment activity    
In paid employment/business 18489 (29.1) 10884 (16.7) 29373 (22.8)
In paid employment but temporarily not working due to illness, leave, industrial dispute or on study 235 (0.4) 151 (0.2) 386 (0.3)
Working without pay 11942 (18.8) 16991 (26.1) 28933 (22.5)
Not working but looking for work/business 1533 (2.4) 1118 (1.7) 2651 (2.1)
Not working and not looking for work but available for work/business 4647 (7.3) 5300 (8.1) 9947 (7.7)
Housewife/Homemaker 244 (0.4) 4580 (7.0) 4824 (3.7)
Retired 169 (0.3) 53 (0.1) 222 (0.2)
In school (full time student) 16479 (25.9) 15448 (23.7) 31927 (24.8)
Too old to work 654 (1.0) 1113 (1.7) 1767 (1.4)
Too young to work 7361 (11.6) 7346 (11.3) 14707 (11.4)
Not working, not looking for work and not available for work for other reasons 1878 (3.0) 2184 (3.4) 4062 (3.2)
Total 63631 (100) 65168 (100) 128799 (100)
  1. * status in the previous 7 days to the survey
  2. ** Non Governmental Organization
  3. Note: Numbers not adding up due to missing information