Unemployment 3.6 per cent
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresJanuary 2013



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Unemployment 3.6 per cent

A total of 97 000 persons were unemployed in January. This is 3.6 per cent of the labour force according to seasonally-adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
January 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons97 0009 000
In per cent of the labour force3.60.3
Employed persons2 593 000-11 000
In per cent of the population68.7-0.5

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that there were 9 000 more unemployed persons in January 2013 (average of December – February) than in October 2012 (average of September – November), adjusted for seasonal variations. This change is within the LFS error margin.

Stable employment

The LFS showed a decrease in employment of 11 000 persons from October 2012 to January 2013, adjusted for seasonal variations. Since June 2012, the employment figures have only shown variations that are within the LFS error margin in the LFS. This represents a break with an almost two-year long period of growth in employment until that point of time.

From October 2012 to January 2013, the population aged 15-74 years increased by 14 000 persons. The employment rate, which is employed persons as a percentage of the population aged 15–74, fell from 69.2 per cent in October to 68.7 per cent in January.

11 per cent unemployment in the EU15 area

In Denmark, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment went up from 7.3 per cent in October to 7.4 per cent in January. In Sweden, unemployment as a percentage of the labour force remained unchanged at 8.0 per cent during this period. In the EU15, unemployment increased from 10.9 per cent in October to 11.0 per cent in January. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.

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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.