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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresApril 2010



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Rising unemployment

From January to April, the unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage points. 3.7 per cent of the labour force was unemployed in April.

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government initiatives to promote employment. Seasonally-adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1997-2010

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment in selected countries, 2004-2010. Percentage of the labour force

Adjusted for seasonal variations, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that unemployment rose by 7 000 people from January (average December - February) to April (average March - May). The increase is equally distributed between men and women.

In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) rose by 2 000. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

Stable employment

The employment kept stable from January to April. Adjusted for seasonal variations, there was a decrease in employment of 4 000 persons. This is within the error margin of the LFS.

The labour force is the sum of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From January to April the employment fell by 4 000, while there was an increase in unemployment of 7 000. This gives an increase in the labour force of 3 000 people.

The coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Employment (LFS). Seasonally-adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2010

Unemployment (LFS). Seasonally-adjusted figures and trend figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2010

Small changes in Europe

The unemployment rate in EU-15 was 10.0 per cent in April, up 0.1 percentage points from January. In Germany, unemployment fell from 7.4 to 7.1 per cent. USA saw an increase of 0.2 per cent from January to April, ending at 9.9 per cent. 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 .

Unemployment (LFS). Seasonally-adjusted figures and trend figures, three-month moving average in per cent. 1999-2010

Uncertain figures

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 .


The complete time series is re-estimated each month, and this may cause some adjustments of previously published figures. See Revisions for more information .