Stable unemployment
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The Labour Force Survey’s seasonally-adjusted monthly figures show the short-term development in employment and unemployment. Unemployment was 3.3 per cent in June 2014.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresJune 2014



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Stable unemployment

There were 89 000 unemployed persons in June, corresponding to 3.3 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
June 2014Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons89 000-2 000
In per cent of the labour force3.3-0.1
Employed persons2 637 0008 000
In per cent of the population68.60.0

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 3.3 per cent of the labour force in June (average of May–July). This was down 0.1 percentage points – or 2 000 persons – from March (average of February–April); 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.

Stable employment

According to the LFS, there were 8 000 more employed persons in June than in March, adjusted for seasonal variations. This increase is within the error margin, but still in line with the development last year. From June 2013 to June 2014, the number of employed persons increased by 29 000.The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.6 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in June 2014; unchanged for March.

Unemployment down in the USA

Unemployment in the USA was 6.1 per cent in June – down 0.6 percentage points from March. In the same period, unemployment was unchanged in Denmark and Sweden, at 6.5 and 8 per cent respectively. In the EU15 , the unemployment rate was 10.5 per cent in June – down from 10.6 per cent in March.