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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresNovember 2010



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Stable labour market

Both employment and unemployment remained stable from August to November. The unemployment rate was 3.6 per cent of the labour force in November.

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 unemployment rose by 5 000 persons, or 0.2 percentage points, from August (average July-September) to November (average October-December). The increase is within the error margin of the LFS.

In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) rose by about 4 000. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

The unemployment rate for September (average August-October) has been revised up 0.1 percentage point, ending at 3.6 per cent.

Stable employment

Employment remained stable from August to November. Adjusted for seasonal variations, there was an increase in employment of 10 000 employees. The increase 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 August to November, employment increased by 10 000 and unemployment rose by 5 000. This gives an increase in the labour force of 16 000 persons.

The coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Increase in unemployment in Denmark

Between August and November, Denmark saw an increase in unemployment of 0.7 percentage points, with the unemployment rate in November ending at 8 per cent. In the same period, Sweden had a decrease of 0.4 per cent, ending at 7.8 per cent. In the USA, the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points from August to November. A total of 9.8 per cent of the labour force in the USA was without a job in November. All figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat .

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

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 . Interviews that arrive late are included in the LFS the following month. This applies for the first two months of every quarter.