Stable labour force participation
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Labour force surveyQ3 2011



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Stable labour force participation

The labour force participation rate among both men and women aged 15-74 remained stable from the 3rd quarter of 2010 to the 3rd quarter of 2011.

Labour force and employed persons. Seasonally-adjusted figures, three- month moving average in 1 000

Seasonally-adjusted figures: increased employment and stable unemployment

Adjusted for seasonal variations, the number of employed persons increased by 22 000 from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter of 2011.The unemployment rate was 3.2 per cent of the labour force in the 3rd quarter of 2011. The decrease from 3.3 per cent in the 2nd quarter is within the margin of error. Adjustments for seasonal variations allow for the analysis of underlying developments in the labour market. Seasonally-adjusted figures are presented in a separate article . The rest of the figures in this article are not seasonally-adjusted.

In the 3rd quarter of 2011, the labour force participation rate (the sum of employed and unemployed) in Norway was 71.8 per cent, approximately the same level as in the 3rd quarter last year. Also within the different age groups only small changes occurred.

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered employed plus government measures to promote employment. Seasonally-adjusted figures, three- month moving average in 1 000

The labour force is the sum of employed and unemployed between 15-74 years of age. From the 3rd quarter of 2010 to the 3rd quarter of 2011, the LFS shows that the employment rose by 47 000 persons and the unemployment fell by 7 000 persons. This gives an increase in the labour force of 40 000 persons. In the same period, the population increased by 63 000 persons, so the labour force participation rate remained stable.

Coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Increase in employment within human health and social work activities

The number employed increased by 11 000 persons between the 3rd quarter of 2010 and the same quarter of 2011. Within construction, employment also rose by 11 000 persons. There was a simultaneous reduction of 12 000 employed persons within real estate, technical activities etc.

31 per cent of the unemployed are long-term unemployed

The number unemployed decreased by 7 000 persons from the 3rd quarter of 2010 to the same quarter in 2011. Long-term unemployment remained unchanged at 31 per cent in this period. Long-term unemployed are people who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks.

72 000 underemployed

Underemployment is employees with a contract for part-time work who have tried to find more work. As a proportion of all part-time employed people, the number of underemployed remained stable at 11 per cent.

Together, the work wanted by the groups of underemployed and unemployed corresponds to 98 000 full-time equivalents in the 3rd quarter of 2011 - down 7 000 from the year before.