3.7 per cent unemployment
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresMarch 2013



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3.7 per cent unemployment

In March 2013, there were 100 000 unemployed persons, corresponding to 3.7 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
March 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons100 0004 000
In per cent of the labour force3.70.1
Employed persons2 595 0002 000
In per cent of the population68.6-0.1

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that there were 4 000 more unemployed persons in March 2013 (average of February-April) than in December 2012 (average of November-January), adjusted for seasonal variations. This change is within the LFS error margin. In comparison, the number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 1 000 during the same period.

Unchanged employment

The seasonally-adjusted figures of employed persons increased by 2 000 from December 2012 to March 2013 – a change which is within the error margin in the LFS. The employment rate, which is employed persons as a percentage of the population aged 15–74, was 68.6 per cent in March.

Decrease in unemployment in the USA

In the USA, unemployment corresponded to 7.6 per cent of the labour force in March 2013, down 0.2 percentage points from December 2012. In the EU15, unemployment increased by 0.3 percentage points during the same period, to 11.2 per cent in March. Unemployment in Denmark decreased by 0.2 percentage points from December, down to 7.2 per cent in March. In Sweden, however, unemployment went up by 0.4 percentage points during the same period, to 8.4 per cent in March. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.