Growth in employment
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The Labour Force Survey’s seasonally-adjusted monthly figures show the short-term development in employment and unemployment. Unemployment was 3.2 per cent in May 2014.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresMay 2014



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Growth in employment

The number of employed persons increased by 19 000 from February to May 2014.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
May 2014Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons87 000-8 000
In per cent of the labour force3.2-0.3
Employed persons2 640 00019 000
In per cent of the population68.70.3

According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), there were 19 000 more employed persons in May (average of April-June) than in February (average of January-March), adjusted for seasonal variations. The increase was among both women and men aged 25-74 years. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.7 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in May 2014; up 0.3 percentage points from February.

Unemployment 3.2 per cent

The LFS shows that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 3.2 per cent in May. This was down 0.3 percentage points – or 8 000 persons – from February; a change which is within the LFS error margin . By comparison, the number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) decreased by 1 000 during this period. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on a three-month average.

Unemployment down in the rest of Scandinavia

Unemployment in Denmark corresponded to 6.5 per cent of the labour force in May; down 0.4 percentage points from February. In Sweden, unemployment decreased by 0.3 percentage points during the same period, to 7.8 per cent in May. In the EU15 , the unemployment rate was 10.6 per cent in May – down from 10.7 per cent in February.