Rise in employment continues
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresSeptember 2011



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Rise in employment continues

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the number of employed persons increased by 18 000 from June to September. During the same period, unemployment remained stable. A total of 3.3 per cent of the labour force was unemployed in September.

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

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

There were 18 000 more employed persons in September (average number August-October) than in June 2011 (average number May-July), adjusted for seasonal variations. The increase was strongest among persons younger than 25.

The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From June to September, employment increased by 18 000 persons and unemployment increased by 1 000 persons. This gives an increase in the labour force of 19 000 persons.

Coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Continued stable unemployment

The LFS shows that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment increased by 1 000 persons from June to September. This lies within the margin of error. The unemployment rate of 3.3 per cent of the work force corresponds to 87 000 persons.

In comparison, the number of registered unemployed persons with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by about 1 000 persons during the same period. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

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

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government initiatives to promote employment. Seasonally-adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1997-2011

Rise of unemployment in EU15

In the EU-15 countries, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points from June to September, to 9.7 per cent. During the same period, the unemployment in the USA decreased by 0.1 percentage point, to 9.1 per cent.

In Sweden, the unemployment rate was reduced by 0.2 percentage points between June and September, to 7.2 per cent of the labour force. During the same period, Denmark had a decrease of 0.1 percentage point, ending at 7.1 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 .

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 to the first two months in each quarter.