Employment and unemployment unchanged
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresFebruary 2002



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Employment and unemployment unchanged

The numbers of employed and unemployed persons were unchanged from the 4t h quarter 2001 to the 1s t quarter 2002. The numbers are adjusted for seasonal variations.

A total of 2 276 000 persons were employed and 97 000 persons were unemployed in the 1s t quarter of 2002 according to figures from the LFS, not seasonally adjusted.

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. 1989-2002

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

Unemployment in EU and OECD: 7.8 and 6.9 per cent

While the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Norway was 3.8 per cent in November and 3.7 in February 2002, it increased from 7.6 to 7.7 per cent as an average in the EU. The rate in the OECD-countries total decreased from 6.8 to 6.7. In February 2002 the unemployment rate was 5.5 in USA (5.6 in November 2001), 5.1 in Sweden (5.0 in November), and 4.2 in Denmark (January, unchanged from November).

Man-weeks worked

The number of man-weeks worked decreased by 23 000 from the 4t h quarter last year to the 1s t quarter this year.

Previous to the seasonal adjustment, we also make adjustments for holidays that fall in random months every year. This year the Easter holiday was in March, while it was in April the two previous years. Because of this, the man-weeks worked figure for March 2002 was based on interviews only from three weeks. The Easter week was left out.

Seasonal adjusted unemployment in selected countries. Per cent of the labour force. February 2002

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-month 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 February is the average of the estimates from January, February and March.

See also : Labour Force Survey, 1st quarter 2002