Unemployment at 4.8 per cent
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresSeptember 2016

In order to reduce uncertainty, the published series are three-month moving averages of the seasonally-adjusted figures. The purpose of making seasonal adjustments is to describe the development over the last year, corrected for seasonal variations.



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Unemployment at 4.8 per cent

Unemployed persons corresponded to 4.8 per cent of the labour force in September, unchanged from June.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
September 2016Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons135 0001 000
In per cent of the labour force4.80.0
Employed persons2 663 00017 000
In per cent of the population67.60.3

According to seasonally- adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), there were 135 000 unemployed persons in September (average of August–October). The increase of 1 000 unemployed persons from June (average of May–July) is clearly within the LFS error margin. 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. 

The LFS shows that from May 2014 to the autumn of 2015 there has been a gradual increase in seasonally- adjusted unemployment. In the past year (September 2015– September 2016), changes in the number of unemployed persons have mainly been within the LFS error margin, and the level fluctuated between 4.5 and 5.0 per cent of the labour force

Small changes in employment

From June to September, the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons increased by 17 000. This change is however within the LFS error margin. In the past year (September 2015– September 2016), there have only been small changes in the number of employed persons. In the same period, the population aged 15–74 years has increased, and therefore the employment rate has decreased, from 67.8 per cent to 67.6 per cent in September 2016.