Unemployment 3.3 per cent
There were 90 000 unemployed persons in April, corresponding to 3.3 per cent of the labour force.
|April 2014||Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period|
|1Three-month average named by the middle month.|
|Unemployed persons||90 000||-5 000|
|In per cent of the labour force||3.3||-0.2|
|Employed persons||2 633 000||8 000|
|In per cent of the population||68.6||0.0|
According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 3.3 per cent in April (average of March-May). This was down 0.2 percentage points from January (average of December-February); a change which is within the LFS error margin .
The LFS shows that the seasonally-adjusted number of unemployed persons decreased by 5 000 from January to April. As previously mentioned, this was within the error margin. The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) decreased by 1 000 during this period. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on a three-month average.
The seasonally-adjusted figure of employed persons increased by 8 000 from January to April. This increase is within the error margin, but still in line with the development last year. From April 2013 to April 2014, the number of employed persons increased by 38 000. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.6 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in April 2014; unchanged from both January in the same year and from April the previous year.
The number of employed persons has only varied within the LFS error margin since the autumn of 2013. Since then, the trend has been an increase in the number of employed persons aged 25-74 years and small changes or a decrease in the number of employed persons aged 24 years or younger.
Unemployment down in Denmark
Unemployment in Denmark corresponded to 6.5 per cent of the labour force in April; down 0.5 percentage points from January. Unemployment in Sweden decreased by 0.1 percentage points during the same period, to 8.1 per cent in April. In the EU15 , the unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent in April – down 0.1 percentage points from January.