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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresSeptember 2010



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Stable labour market

Both employment and unemployment remained stable from June to September. The unemployment rate was 3.5 per cent of the labour force in September.

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. 1999-2010. In per cent of the labour force.

Adjusted for seasonal variations, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that there were no changes in the unemployment rate from June (average May-July) to September (average August-October).

The unemployment rate for June (average May-July) has been revised down by 0.1 percentage point, ending at 3.5 per cent.

In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV), including government initiatives to promote employment, fell by about 1 000. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

Stable employment

Employment remained stable in the period. From June to September the LFS shows a decrease of 2 000 employees. The increase is within the error margin of the LFS.

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

The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From June to September employment decreased by 2 000 and unemployment remained unchanged. This gives a decrease in the labour force of 2 000 people.

The coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Decrease in unemployment in Denmark

Between June and September, Denmark saw a decrease in unemployment of 0.3 percentage points, and the unemployment rate in September ended at 7 per cent. In the same period, Germany had a decrease of 0.2 per cent, ending at 6.7 per cent. Both EU-15 and USA had an increase of 0.1 percentage point from June to September, both ending at 9.6. 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 .

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 .