Employment still rising
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresSeptember 2006



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Employment still rising

From June to September, the employment figure rose by 23 000. The figures presented in this article are adjusted for seasonal variations.

Labour force, employees and man-weeks worked. Seasonally adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1997-2006.

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government measures to promote employment. Seasonally adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1997-2006.

The increase in the seasonally adjusted employment figure from June (the May-July period) to September (August-October) 2006 is consistent with the upward trend since the summer of 2005.

Unemployment fell by 8 000 people from June to September. This led to an unemployment rate of 3.3 per cent of the labour force in September. The decline in the seasonally adjusted unemployment from June to September is consistent with the development since the summer of 2005. The last bottom level was in the beginning of 1999, when the rate was 2.8 per cent.

Seasonally adjusted figures of registered unemployment at job centres show a decline of 6 000 people from June to September 2006.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in selected countries. Percentage of the labour force. September 2006.

Employment (LFS). Seasonally adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2006.

Falling unemployment also in Denmark

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Norway was 3.3 per cent in September 2006, compared with 3.6 per cent in June. The rates for the EU15- and OECD-area were approximately unchanged at 7.4 and 6.0 per cent respectively. In the same period, unemployment stayed unchanged at 4.6 per cent in the USA. From June to September, the rate fell from 4.0 to 3.5 per cent in Denmark. There was an increase from 7.8 to 7.9 per cent in Finland and from 8.3 to 8.7 per cent in Germany, while unemployment went down from 9.2 to 8.9 per cent in France, according to figures from the OECD and Eurostat .

From June to September 2006, the number of man-weeks worked rose by 28 000. This is consistent with the growth in these figures since the beginning of 2004.

Unemployment (LFS). Seasonally adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2006.

Changes in the LFS from 2006

With effect from January 2006, some improvements have been made in the Norwegian LFS. This will make the employment and unemployment figures more comparable with figures from the EU-countries. In addition, actual working hours will be measured more accurately. Therefore, the changes have lead to a level shift in the LFS figures. To maximize the comparability before/after 2006, the figures for the months in 2006 have been calculated according to the LFS prior to the changes.

Quarterly LFS figures, i.e. not seasonally adjusted, are presented in a separate article . The belonging tables contain figures for the third quarter of 2006, both according the LFS before and after the change. This will give an insight in the effects of the LFS changes on the various figures. For more details on the LFS, the seasonal adjustment method and the changes in the LFS, you can click on the links at the left side of this page.

Uncertain figures

The purpose of making adjustments for seasonal variations is to describe the development over the last year and provide figures of change between the last two three-month periods, corrected for normal seasonal variations. In order to reduce uncertainty, the published series are three-month moving averages of the seasonally adjusted figures. For instance, the figures for September represent the average of the estimates for August, September and October.