This is an archived release.
Stable labour market
The labour market remained stable from August to November 2009. The unemployment rate was 3.2 per cent of the labour force in November. The level of employment remained unchanged.
After a considerable period of decline, the employment level remained stable from August to November. Adjusted for seasonal variations, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows no significant change from August (as measured by the average of the months from July to September) to November (as measured by the average of the months from October to December).
Unemployment remained stable
According to the LFS, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment increased by 2 000 persons from August (as measured by the average of the months from July to September), to November (as measured by the average of the months from October to December). This is within the error margin of the LFS, but simultaneous to this is according to the latest year’s trend.
The unemployment rate of October ( as measured by the average of the months from September to November ) was revised up from 3 . 2 to 3 . 3 per cent .
In comparison for the same period, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) rose by about 1 000. Including persons on government initiatives to promote employment there was a total increase of 4 000. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.
NAV reports that 4 700 persons were incorrectly registered unemployed in February 2010. The erroneous figure was lower in previous months, but dates back to October 2008.This has no consequence for the LFS-numbers published by Statistics Norway, only for the comparisons with NAV's figures. Read more on NAV's website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The labour force is the sum of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From August to November the employment rose by 2 000, while there is an increase of unemployment of 2 000. This gives a increase in the labour force of 4 000.
The coherence between the concepts
Unemployed + Employed = Labour force
Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population
Unemployment still rising in Europe
From August to November, unemployment continued to rise in Europe. Denmark saw an increase of 1.2 percentage points, and the unemployment rate in Denmark is now 7.2 per cent. In the EU countries, the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points, ending at 9.5 per cent. In Sweden, unemployment rose by 0.3 percentage points, and the unemployment rate in Sweden was 8.9 per cent of the labour force in November. 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 who are not registered as permanent residents or who are planning to stay for less than six months are not included in the employment figure in the LFS. If these people lose their job it does not count as a fall in employment or a rise in unemployment. In national accounts figures (NR), employed non-residents are included in the employment figure as long as they work in an establishment in Norway. If employment decreases in this group it will count as a fall in employment in NR. Statistics Norway publishes separate figures for all registered non-residents once a year. See short-term immigrants .
The purpose of making seasonal adjustments is to describe the development over the last year, corrected for seasonal variations. In order to reduce uncertainty, the published series are three-month moving averages of the seasonally-adjusted figures. However, uncertainty means that sampling errors must be considered when interpreting the figures from the LFS. We normally compare the latest non-overlapping three-month periods. An overview of sampling errors in the LFS can be found in “ About the statistics ”, chapter 5 section 3.
Quarterly LFS figures, not seasonally adjusted, are presented in a separate article .