Stable unemployment
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Labour forve survey, seasonally-adjusted monthly figures, shows the short-term development in employment and unemployment. Unemployment was 3.5 per cent In August 2013.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresAugust 2013



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Stable unemployment

The share of unemployed persons corresponded to 3.5 per cent of the labour force in August.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
August 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons96 0002 000
In per cent of the labour force3.50.1
Employed persons2 617 00016 000
In per cent of the population68.80.2

According to seasonally-adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), there were 96 000 unemployed persons in August (average of July-September). The increase of 2 000 unemployed from May (average of April-June) is clearly within the LFS error margin . The unemployment rate has mainly varied between 3.5 and 3.6 per cent – which is within the error margin – since the LFS showed an increase in unemployment in late 2012.

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 May to August. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and an average of three months.

Increased employment

The LFS shows an increase in employed persons by 16 000 from May to August, adjusted for seasonal variations. This increase is just within the margin of error, but still in line with the development since November 2012. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.8 per cent of the population in August – up 0.2 percentage points from May.

Unemployment up in Sweden, down in Denmark

In Sweden, the share of unemployed persons corresponded to 8.0 per cent of the labour force in August, up 0.1 percentage point from May. Unemployment in Denmark went down by 0.2 percentage points during the same period, to 6.6 per cent in August. The international figures refer to seasonally-adjusted data from Eurostat.