Unemployed persons corresponded to 3.7 per cent of the labour force in December 2014, unchanged from September.
|December 2014||Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period|
|1Three-month average named by the middle month.|
|Unemployed persons||102 000||1 000|
|In per cent of the labour force||3.7||0.0|
|Employed persons||2 665 000||25 000|
|In per cent of the population||68.8||0.4|
Seasonally- adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that there were 102 000 unemployed persons in December (average of November-January). The increase of 1 000 unemployed persons from September (average of August-October) is clearly within the LFS margin of error. 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.
Growth in employment
According to the LFS, the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons increased by 25 000 from September to December. The growth took place among both women and men – and mainly within the age group 25-74 years. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.8 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in December; up 0.4 percentage points from September.