4.2 per cent unemployment
The changes in the total number of employed and unemployed persons from January to April are in line with a gradually weaker labour market.
|April 2015||Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period|
|1Three-month average named by the middle month.|
|Unemployed persons||117 000||7 000|
|In per cent of the labour force||4.2||0.3|
|Employed persons||2 648 000||-8 000|
|In per cent of the population||68.1||-0.4|
Figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that seasonally-adjusted unemployment increased by 7 000 persons from January (average of December–February) to April (average of March–May). The increase is within the error margin of the LFS, but still in line with an increasing trend since May 2014.
Since the last release, the unemployment rate for March (average of February–April) has been adjusted from 4.1 to 4.2 per cent. These kinds of adjustments are normal since the whole time series is seasonally adjusted every month.
The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 1 000 from January to April. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on three-month averages.
Employment rate down
In April, the employment rate was 68.1 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points from January. The seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 8 000 from January to April. The change is within the error margin of the LFS.