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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresApril 2013



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Unchanged unemployment

In April 2013, there were 95 000 unemployed persons, corresponding to 3.5 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
April 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons95 000-2 000
In per cent of the labour force3.5-0.1
Employed persons2 601 0009 000
In per cent of the population68.70.0

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that there was a decrease of 2 000 unemployed persons from January (average of December-February) to April (average of March-May), adjusted for seasonal variations. This change is within the LFS error margin. After showing increased unemployment until January 2013, the LFS has since then shown changes within the margin of error.

The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 2 000 from January to April. These figures are also seasonally adjusted and three month averages.

Small changes in employment

The seasonally-adjusted figures of employed persons increased by 9 000 from January to April – a change which is within the error margin in the LFS. In April, the employed persons corresponded to 68.7 per cent of the population aged 15-74. This was unchanged from January. Since the summer of 2012, the number of employed persons has only varied within the margin of error. However, since the population has increased during the same period, the employment rate has decreased somewhat.

Unemployment up in the EU15

In the EU15, the unemployed corresponded to 11.2 per cent of the labour force in April – up 0.1 percentage points from January. In the USA, unemployment decreased from 7.9 per cent in January to 7.5 per cent in April. Unemployment in Sweden went up from 8.0 per cent to 8.3 per cent in the same period. In Denmark, the unemployment decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 7.0 per cent in April. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.