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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresJanuary 2012



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Rising employment

Employment increased by 19 000 persons from October 2011 to January 2012, according to the Labour force survey (LFS).

Unemployed (LFS), registered unemployed and registered unemployed plus government initiatives to promote employment. Seasonally-adjusted figures, three-month moving average in 1 000. 1997-2012

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment in selected countries, 2004-2012. Percentage of the labour force

Adjusted for seasonal variations, there were 19 000 more employed persons in January 2012 (average December-February) than in October 2011 (average September-November).

The labour force is the total of employed and unemployed persons between 16-74 years of age. From October 2011 to January 2012, the figures from the LFS show an increase in employment by 19 000 persons and a decrease in unemployment by 3 000. This gives an increase in the labour force of 16 000 persons.

Coherence between the concepts

Unemployed + Employed = Labour force

Labour force + Outside the labour force = Population

Employment (LFS). Seasonally-adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average in 1 000. 1999-2012

Unemployment (LFS). Seasonally-adjusted figures and trend figures. Three-month moving average. 1999-2012. In per cent of the labour force.

Unemployment rate at 3.2 per cent in January

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment decreased by 3 000 persons from October 2011 (average September-November) to January 2012 (average December-February). The change is within the error margin of our Labour force survey (LFS). The unemployment rate was 3.2 per cent of the labour force in January 2012.

In comparison, the number of people registered as unemployed and on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) decreased by 3 000 persons during the same period. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

Unemployment down in USA and up in EU15

In the USA, unemployment decreased from 8.9 per cent of the labour force in October 2011 to 8.3 per cent in January. In Germany, unemployment was unchanged at 5.8 per cent. In France, unemployment was 10.0 per cent in January 2012, up 0.3 percentage points from October. In Spain, unemployment was 23.3 per cent in January, up 0.5 percentage points from October. In the EU15, which is made up of the EU countries prior to the expansions in 2004 and 2007, the unemployment rate was 10.2 per cent in January 2012, up 0.3 percentage points from October. In Sweden and Denmark, the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 and 0.2 percentage points respectively from October 2011 to January. In January 2012, the unemployment rates of the two countries were 7.6 and 7.9 per cent respectively. 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.