SEE Jobs Gateway Database

April 2017

The SEE Jobs Gateway Database is the result of a collaboration between the World Bank and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). It covers a detailed set of labour market indicators for the following six Western Balkan and four EU comparator countries:

Western Balkan countries                              EU comparator countries

* Albania                                                               * Austria
* Bosnia and Herzegovina                                 * Bulgaria
* Kosovo                                                               * Croatia
* FYR Macedonia                                                 * Hungary
* Montenegro
* Serbia

The dataset is harmonised across indicators, age groups and educational attainment and is available on a quarterly and annual basis. It is based upon national Labour Force Surveys. The SEE Jobs Gateway Database offers, for the first time, aggregate labour market indicators for the six Western Balkan countries.

Definitions, methodological notes and breaks in time series are provided in the ‘Description of the database’ on the SEE Jobs Gateway Database website. On the basis of this database, annual flagship reports on the Western Balkan labour market will be published. The first one, Western Balkans Labour Market Trends 2017, has been launched in April 2017.

The Jobs Gateway in South Eastern Europe (SEE Jobs Gateway) is a Community of Practice for labour market policies in the Western Balkans. It brings together policy-makers, academics and experts from international organisations who regularly meet – either online or in person – to exchange ideas and learn from the experience of other countries with regard to labour market policies. Most members are from or have an interest in the Western Balkan region.

The SEE Jobs Gateway was funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance.


When using the database you may either cite the database:

            SEE Jobs Gateway Database

or the following paper:

Vidovic, Hermine; Koettl-Brodmann, Johannes; Mara, Isilda; Posadas, Josefina. 2017. Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2017. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.


SEE Jobs Gateway Database:

Publication: Western Balkans Labour Market Trends 2017

Jobs Gateway in South Eastern Europe – Community of Practice:



Monika Schwarzhappel, Hermine Vidovic


Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution

Keywords: Labour markets, growth and employment, inactivity, informal employment, Open Data

JEL classification: J01, J21, J24, J46, 64

Countries covered: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia