Unemployment 3.8 per cent
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The Labour Force Survey’s seasonally-adjusted monthly figures show the short-term development in employment and unemployment. Unemployment was 3.8 per cent in October 2014.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresOctober 2014



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Unemployment 3.8 per cent

There were 103 000 unemployed persons in Norway in October, corresponding to 3.8 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
October 2014Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons103 0009 000
In per cent of the labour force3.80.3
Employed persons2 635 000-5 000
In per cent of the population68.2-0.4

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 3.8 per cent of the labour force in October (average of September-November). Compared with July (average of June-August), this was up 0.3 percentage points – or 9 000 persons. This increase is within the error margin. The increase in unemployment shown by the LFS came among those aged 25-74.

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 from July to October. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on a three-month average.

Small changes in number of employed persons

According to the LFS, the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 5 000 from July to October – a decrease which is within the error margin. During 2014, there has been an increase in the seasonally adjusted number of employed persons aged 25-74 years. Among those aged 24 years or younger, there has been a decrease in this period.

The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.2 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in October; down 0.4 percentage points from July.