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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresOctober 2011



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Employment rising

Employment increased by 20 000 persons from July to October 2011, and the increase was largest among persons under the age of 25.

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

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

Adjusted for seasonal variations, there were 20 000 more employed persons in October (average September-November) than in July (average June-August). The increase was strongest among those under the age of 25.

The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed between 16-74 years of age. From July to October, employment increased by 20 000 persons and unemployment increased by 6 000 persons. This gives an increase in the labour force of 26 000 persons.

Coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Unemployment at 3.3 per cent

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment for October was 3.3 per cent of the labour force, corresponding to 89 000 persons. The Labour force survey (LFS) shows an increase in unemployment of 6 000 persons from July to October. This is within the error margin of the LFS.

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

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

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

Unemployment rising in Denmark

From July to October, the unemployment rate in Denmark increased by 0.3 percentage points, to 7.7 per cent. In Sweden, 7.5 per cent of the labour force was unemployed in October, compared with 7.4 per cent in July. Germany had a decrease of 0.4 percentage points during the same period, to 5.5 per cent.

In the EU-15 countries, which is made up of the EU countries prior to the expansions in 2004 and 2007, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points from July to October, to 9.8 per cent of the labour force. The USA had a decrease in its unemployment rate, down from 9.1 per cent in July to 9.0 per cent in October. 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.