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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresMay 2011



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Stable labour market

Both employment and unemployment remained stable from February to May 2011. The unemployment rate was 3.3 per cent in May.

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government initiatives to promote employment. Seasonally adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2011

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in selected countries, 2004-2011. Percentage of the labour force

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment increased by 0.1 percentage points, equal to 4 000 persons, from February (average number January-March) to May (average number April-June) 2011. The increase is within the Labour force survey (LFS) error margin. The unemployment rate was 3.3 per cent of the labour force in May 2011.

In comparison, the number of registered unemployed persons with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) decreased by 4 000 persons during the same period. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

Stable employment

Employment (LFS). Seasonally adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2011

Adjusted for seasonal variations, there were 4 000 more employed persons in May than in February. The increase is within the LFS error margin.

The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From February to May 2011 employment increased by about 4 000 persons and unemployment rose by 4 000 persons. This gives an increase in the labour force on the lower edge of 8 000 persons.

The coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Unemployment (LFS). Seasonally adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average. 1999-2011. In per cent of the labour force.

Unemployment down in EU-15 and up in USA

The unemployment rate in Germany decreased by 0.3 percentage points from February to May, ending at 6.1 per cent. In the same period, Denmark had a decrease of 0.2 percentage points, ending at 7.3 per cent. The unemployment rate in EU-15 was 9.4 per cent in May, down 0.1 percentage points from February. In the USA, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points from February to May. A total of 9.1 per cent of the labour force in the USA was without a job in May. 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 the 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 statistics for employment among 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. For instance, the figures for May represent the average of the seasonally-adjusted estimates for April, May and June. 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.