Unemployment 3.3 per cent
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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresJune 2013



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Unemployment 3.3 per cent

The 90 000 unemployed persons in June corresponded to 3.3 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
June 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons90 000-10 000
In per cent of the labour force3.3-0.4
Employed persons2 608 00013 000
In per cent of the population68.80.1

According to the most recent figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) on unemployed and employed persons, there have been only small changes in the labour market. The changes shown by the LFS so far in 2013 have all been within the margin of error .

The LFS shows 10 000 fewer unemployed persons in June (average of May-July) than in March (average of February-April), adjusted for seasonal variations. This change is within the LFS error margin. The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 3 000 from March to June. These figures are also seasonally adjusted and three month averages.

Small changes in employment

The LFS shows that the number of employed persons increased by 13 000 from March to June. This figure is also within the error margin in the LFS, but there was a statistically significant increase in the number of employed persons aged 25-74 years. In June, employed persons made up 68.8 per cent of the population aged 15-74, up 0.1 percentage point from March.

Unchanged unemployment in the USA and in the EU15

In the USA, unemployed persons made up 7.6 per cent of the labour force in June – unchanged from March. In the EU15, unemployment was 11.2 per cent in both March and in June. In Sweden, unemployment decreased from 8.3 per cent in March to 8.0 per cent in June. In Denmark, unemployment decreased by 0.2 percentage points during the same period, to 6.7 per cent in June. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.