Decrease in labour force
The labour force, the sum of employed and unemployed, decreased by 34 000 persons from September to December 2016. The seasonally adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 22 000. In the same period, the unemployment decreased by 12 000.
|December 2016||Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period|
|1Three-month average named by the middle month.|
|Unemployed persons||122 000||-12 000|
|In per cent of the labour force||4.4||-0.4|
|Employed persons||2 637 000||-22 000|
|In per cent of the population||66.8||-0.7|
From September (average of August–October) to December (average of November–January), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment decreased by 0.4 percentage points, or 12 000 persons. This change is within the margin of error in the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In comparison, the number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) remained unchanged in the same period. This figure is also based on seasonally-adjusted figures and three-month averages.
According to the LFS, the seasonally adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 22 000 persons from September to December. The population aged 15–74 years increased in this period, and the employment rate decreased by 0.7 percentage points, to 66.8 per cent in December.