Increase in unemployment among men
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Labour force surveyQ1 2016

The purpose of the Labour Force Survey is to provide information on the development in employment and unemployment and on different groups’ relations to the labour market. The statistics are disseminated quarterly, and in addition there is a monthly dissemination of some seasonally-adjusted key figures (link below). Quarterly figures are normally disseminated 5 weeks after the end of the quarter.



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Increase in unemployment among men

The unemployment rate among men increased from 4.5 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2015 to 5.7 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2016. During the same period there was also an increase in the underemployment among men.

Population aged 15-74, by labour force status and sex
1st quarter 20161st quarter 2015 - 1st quarter 2016
Absolute numbersPer centChange in absolute numbersChange in percentage points
Labour force
Both sexes2 778 00070.832 0000.0
Males1 474 00073.615 0000.0
Females1 304 00067.916 0000.1
Employed persons
Both sexes2 642 00067.414 000-0.3
Males1 390 00069.4-3 000-0.9
Females1 252 00065.217 0000.2
Both sexes135 0004.917 0000.6
Males84 0005.718 0001.2
Females52 0004.0-1 000-0.1

The number of unemployed women remained stable from the 1st quarter of 2015 to the same quarter of 2016, and the unemployment rate was approximately 4.0 per cent both years according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

More underemployment among men

From the 1st quarter of 2015 to the 1st quarter of 2016 the number of underemployed men increased by 9 000, from 22 000 to 31 000. In the 1st quarter of 2016, 14.6 per cent of all part-time employed men were underemployed, compared to 10.4 per cent of the women.

Continued drop in oil and gas extraction

The LFS shows a decrease of 9 000 employed persons in mining and quarrying – an industry dominated by oil and gas extraction – from the 1st quarter of 2015 to the 1st quarter of 2016. There was also a decrease in employment in manufacturing (12 000). These industries are dominated by men. On the other hand, the number of employed persons increased by 28 000 within health and social work – an industry dominated by women.

More employees with temporary jobs

The number of employees on temporary contracts went up by 28 000 from the 1st quarter of 2015 to the 1st quarter of 2016. This increase was mainly among substitute workers. In the 1st quarter of 2016 the number of employees with temporary jobs constituted 8.3 per cent of all employees, up 1.1 percentage points compared to the same quarter of 2015, according to the LFS.

Small changes in labour force participation

The labour force participation rate among the population aged 15-74 was 70.8 per cent in the1st quarter of 2016, unchanged from the same quarter in the previous year.