Data for research

Obtaining data on the labour market



Do you need data about individuals’ attachment to the labour market, such as what industry they are connected to, their workplace, occupation or unemployment? An overview of the labour market and variables available from Statistics Norway is given here below.

To order labour market data, you need to complete the order form for employment (Excel, in Norwegian)  and select the variables you want. You should then enclose this form with the application you send to Statistics Norway to obtain data. The data is retrieved from the register-based employment statistics and provides a picture of the employment at a given time of the year (third week of November).

For the labour market data, data is also offered that contains information on individuals who are not employed or unemployed in what is known as the System for personal data (SFP), (in Norwegian). This includes data on labour market initiatives, education, pensions and whether a person receives any benefits from NAV. This information also relates to the third week of November, but there are other extraction dates for a few of the source registers involved, and thus also differences at the micro level.

The employment data is updated in June the year following the statistical year, while data from the System for personal data is updated at the end of the following year.

Definition and documentation of variables

The order form includes links to definitions of variables and code lists for the variables that are relevant. Additional documentation, such as sources of error and the statistical basis, can be found in the individual employment statistics.

Data within other areas

You can also obtain various data sets with variables within other areas. Remember to enclose all of the order forms you have completed with the application to obtain data.

If you need event data on employment, this is available in the FD-Trygd database. Note that the scope and variables differ in the two data sources.