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More part-time workers among females
According to seasonally adjusted figures from the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) only small changes occurred in total employment and unemployment between the first quarter 2002 and the second quarter 2002. Compared with the second quarter 2001 the number of employed persons increased by 14 000 persons, and the unemployment increased from 3.6 to 4.0 per cent. Growth in female employment concerns part-time employment.
The labour force participation increased among females, but remained unchanged among males between the second quarter 2001 and the second quarter 2002. The growth in female employment concerns part-time employment. In the second quarter 2002 44 per cent of the employed females had a part-time job, compared with 11 per cent among males.
More employees in health and social work
Compared with the second quarter 2001, there was a considerable increase in employment within health and social work. Transport and communication, on the other hand, showed a decline in employment.
Unemployment at 4.0 per cent
A total of 95 000 persons were unemployed in the second quarter 2002, accounting for 4.0 per cent of the labour force, compared with 3.6 per cent the same quarter 2001.
The rate of long-term unemployment increased from 16 to 20 per cent last year. Long-term unemployed are those who have been continuously unemployed for more than six months at the time of the survey.
There were 70 000 underemployed in the second quarter 2002, i.e. part-time employed seeking more work. As a percentage of all part-time employed, this corresponds to 11.7 per cent, compared with 11.4 per cent the same quarter 2001.
Unemployment in EU and OECD: 7.6 and 6.9 per cent
While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Norway remained stable at 3.8 per cent from February to May 2002, it increased from 7.5 to 7.6 per cent as an average in the EU. The rate in the OECD-countries total increased from 6.7 to 6.9. In May 2002 the unemployment rate was 5.8 in USA (5.5 in February 2001), 5.1 in Sweden (5.2 in February), and 4.2 in Denmark (unchanged from February).
Increased temporary employment
There were 218 000 temporary employed in the second quarter 2002, 26 000 more than in the same quarter 2001. This corresponds to 10.3 per cent of all employees, compared with 9.1 per cent one year before. The rate of temporary employment was highest in education, health and social work, and lowest in manufacturing, construction, financial intermediation, transport and communication.
Uncertain seasonally adjusted figures
Quality tests show that the seasonally adjusted LFS unemployment figures are uncertain. The seasonal-adjustment method has problems identifying a seasonal pattern for this series of figures. The random component is relatively large compared to the seasonal component; hence one must keep in mind that the unemployment figures contain a particularly high degree of uncertainty. For more information about the seasonally adjusted figures, see separate article.
Labour Force Survey, overtime, second quarter 2002
- Table 1. Population aged 16-74 in the labour force, man-weeks worked, registered unemployed persons and persons employed by government measures. 1000 and per cent
- Table 2. Population aged 16-74 år in the labour force, employed persons and unemployed persons by sex (LFS). 1000 and per cent
- Tabell 3. Persons in the labour force and employed persons by age and sex (LFS). 1 000 and per cent
- Table 4. Population aged 16-74, employed persons by settled/usual working hours per week(1) and unemployed persons by age and sex (LFS). 1000
- Table 5. Persons in the labour force by age and sex. 1000 and as per cent of all in each group
- Tabell 6. Employed persons by sex and settled/usual working hours pr week (LFS). 1 000
- Tabell 7. Population aged 16-74 by main activity, part-time employment1 and age (LFS). 1 000
- Table 8. Employed persons by major industry division. 1000
- Tabell 9. Number of man-hours worked per week 1, by industry division (LFS). 1 000
- Tabell 10. Employed persons,total, and employed persons at work by status and sex. Number of man-hours worked 1 and actual working hours per week (LFS)
- Table 11. Population aged 16-74, employed persons, temporary absence from work and reason for absence, by sex(1). 1000 and per cent
- Table 12. Employees with temporary jobs, by major industry division (LFS). 1000 and as per cent of all employees
- Table 13. Unemployed persons by sex and age (LFS). 1000 and per cent
- Table 14. Unemployed persons by duration of job search (LFS). 1000 and per cent
- Tabell 15. Unemployed persons by main activity (LFS). 1 000
- Table 16. Unemployed and underemployed persons, by sex and desired working hours per week. Number of man-weeks (of 37,5 hours) supplied (LFS). 1000
- Table 17. Persons aged 16-74 years by labour force status, seasonally adjusted, three-months moving average. 1000
- Tabell 18. Persons in the labour force by sex and region (LFS).1 000 and in per cent of total
- Tabell 19. Employed persons by sex and region (LFS).1 000
- Tabell 20. Employed persons by sex and regions (LFS) as per cent of all inn each group
- Tabell 21 Employed persons by major industry division and region (LFS). 1997-2001. 1 000
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