This is an archived release.
Stable employment and unemployment
The unemployment rate was 3.6 per cent of the labour force in October. The increase from 3.4 per cent in July is within the error margin.
Adjusted for seasonal variations, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that unemployment rose by 4 000 people, or 0.2 percentage points, from July (average June-August) to October (average September-November).
In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV), rose by about 3 000. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.
Employment kept stable from July to October. Adjusted for seasonal variations, there was a decrease in employment of 3 000 employees. The decrease is within the error margin of the LFS.
The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From July to October employment decreased by 3 000 and unemployment rose by 4 000. This gives an increase in the labour force of 1 000 people.
The coherence between the concepts
Unemployed + Employed = Labour force
Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population
Decrease in unemployment in Sweden
Between July and October, Sweden saw a decrease in unemployment of 0.4 percentage points, the unemployment rate in October ended at 8.1 per cent. In the same period Denmark had an increase of 0.5 per cent, ending at 7.8 per cent. Both EU-15 and USA had an increase of 0.1 percentage point from July to October, 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 .
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 . Late arrived interviews will be included in the LFS the following month. This applies for the first two months of every quarter. Because of technical difficulties in December 2010, a higher number of interviews than normal are missing for the latter part of November 2010.