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Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresNovember 2013



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Stable unemployment

There were 95 000 unemployed persons in November 2013. This corresponded to 3.5 per cent of the labour force, unchanged from August.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
November 2013Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons95 0000
In per cent of the labour force3.50.0
Employed persons2 623 0006 000
In per cent of the population68.7-0.1

According to seasonally-adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the unemployment rate was 3.5 per cent in November (average of October-December). This was unchanged from August (average of July-September). Since the LFS showed an increase in unemployment in late 2012, the unemployment rate has only varied within the error margin . The unemployment rate has varied around 3.5 per cent through most of 2013.

Since the last dissemination, the unemployment rate for October (average of September-November) has been adjusted from 3.3 to 3.4 per cent. These kinds of adjustments are normal since the whole time series is seasonally adjusted every month.

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment figures from the LFS were unchanged between August and November. 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 in the same period. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on an average of three months.

Stable employment

The LFS shows an increase in employed persons of 6 000 from August to November, adjusted for seasonal variations. This increase is within the margin of error, but still in line with the development through 2013. From January to November 2013, the number of employed persons increased by 31 000. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.7 per cent of the population in November. This was down 0.1 percentage points from August and unchanged from January 2013.

Unemployment down in the USA

Unemployment in the USA corresponded to 7.0 per cent of the labour force in November, down 0.3 percentage points from August. Unemployment also decreased in the EU15 in this period – from 11.2 per cent in August to 11.1 per cent in November. In Denmark, the unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent in November, down 0.2 percentage points from August. In Sweden, the unemployment figure corresponded to 8.0 per cent of the labour force in November, unchanged from August.