This is an archived release.
The unemployment rate was 2.5 per cent in May, the same as in February. Employment still increased, but the growth was waning.
Adjusted for seasonal variations, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the number of employed increased by 15 000 or 0.6 per cent from February (as measured by the average of the three months from January to March) to May (as measured by the average of the three months from April to June). There growth has declined compared to the autumn of 2007 when the three-month growth was above 30 000.
The unemployment rate stood at 2.5 per cent of the labour force in May (as measured by the average of the three months from April to June), the same as in February (as measured by the average of the three months from January to March). Seasonally adjusted figures for people registered unemployed and on government measures to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) were up by 1 000 in the same period.
From February (as measured by the average of the three months from January to March) to May (as measured by the average of the three months from April to June) the average number of man-weeks (37.5 hours) worked each week increased by 24 000 adjusted for seasonal variations.
Unemployment down in many countries, up in the US
Unemployment decreased in many countries during the period February to May, including Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany. In the US, however, unemployment rose. All figures refer to seasonally adjusted data from Eurostat .
Employment and unemployment figures include permanent residents
The LFS only includes persons who are registered as residents in the population register. Persons working in Norway, but who are not registered as permanent residents or who are planning to stay for less than six months, are not included in the number of employed in the LFS. Some of these will later become registered residents and then be included in the population covered by the LFS. Statistics Norway publishes separate figures for registered non-residents once a year. See short-term immigrants .
The purpose of making adjustments for seasonal variations is to describe the development over the last year and provide estimates 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 February represent the average of the estimates for January, February and March.
Quarterly LFS figures, not seasonally adjusted, are presented in a separate article .