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 3.7 per cent in December 2014.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresDecember 2014



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Stable unemployment

Unemployed persons corresponded to 3.7 per cent of the labour force in December 2014, unchanged from September.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
December 2014Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons102 0001 000
In per cent of the labour force3.70.0
Employed persons2 665 00025 000
In per cent of the population68.80.4

Seasonally- adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that there were 102 000 unemployed persons in December (average of November-January). The increase of 1 000 unemployed persons from September (average of August-October) is clearly within the LFS margin of error. The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) remained unchanged in the same period.

Growth in employment

According to the LFS, the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons increased by 25 000 from September to December. The growth took place among both women and men – and mainly within the age group 25-74 years. The share of employed persons corresponded to 68.8 per cent of the population aged 15-74 years in December; up 0.4 percentage points from September.