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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresAugust 2001



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Stable labour market

The number of employed persons was unchanged from the second to the third quarter this year, while the number of unemployed persons rose slightly. The figures are adjusted for seasonal variations.

 Labour force, employed persons and man-weeks worked. Seasonally adjusted figures, three-months moving average in 1000. 1989-2001

 Unemployed (Labour Force Survey - LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government measures to promote employment. Seasonally adjusted figures, three-months moving average in 1000. 1989-2001

The number of unemployed persons in the 3rd quarter this year constitutes 3.6 per cent of the labour force, compared with 3.4 per cent in the previous quarter.

A total of 86 000 persons were unemployed and 2 285 000 persons were employed in the third quarter of 2001 according to figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) not seasonally adjusted.

The purpose of adjusting for seasonal variations is to describe the development during the last year and to give figures for change between the last two 3-months periods cleared for normal seasonal variations. In order to reduce uncertainty the presented series are three months moving averages of the seasonally adjusted figures. For instance the figure from August is the average of the estimates from, July and August and September.