Unemployment 3.4 per cent
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresMay 2013



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Unemployment 3.4 per cent

The 93 000 unemployed persons in May corresponded to 3.4 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
May 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons93 000-2 000
In per cent of the labour force3.4-0.1
Employed persons2 600 0001 000
In per cent of the population68.6-0.2

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that there was a decrease of 2 000 unemployed persons from February (average of January-March) to May (average of April-June), 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 4 000 from February to May. These figures are also seasonally adjusted and three month averages.

Unchanged employment

The seasonally-adjusted figures of employed persons increased by 1 000 from February to May – a change which is within the error margin in the LFS. In May, the employed persons corresponded to 68.6 per cent of the population aged 15-74, down 0.2 percentage points from February. Since the summer of 2012, the number of employed persons has only varied within the margin of error. However, because the population has increased during the same period, the employment rate has decreased somewhat.

Unchanged unemployment in the EU15

In the EU15, the unemployed corresponded to 11.2 per cent of the labour force in May – unchanged from February. In the USA, unemployment decreased from 7.7 per cent in February to 7.6 per cent in May. In both Denmark and Sweden, the unemployment decreased by 0.3 percentage points from February to May – to 6.8 and 7.9 per cent respectively. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.