4.2 per cent unemployment
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The Labour Force Survey’s seasonally-adjusted monthly figures show the short-term development in employment and unemployment. The unemployment rate was 4.2 per cent in April 2015.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresApril 2015



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4.2 per cent unemployment

The changes in the total number of employed and unemployed persons from January to April are in line with a gradually weaker labour market.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
April 2015Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons117 0007 000
In per cent of the labour force4.20.3
Employed persons2 648 000-8 000
In per cent of the population68.1-0.4

Figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that seasonally-adjusted unemployment increased by 7 000 persons from January (average of December–February) to April (average of March–May). The increase is within the error margin of the LFS, but still in line with an increasing trend since May 2014.

Since the last release, the unemployment rate for March (average of February–April) has been adjusted from 4.1 to 4.2 per cent. These kinds of adjustments are normal since the whole time series is seasonally adjusted every month.

The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 1 000 from January to April. This figure is also seasonally adjusted and based on three-month averages.

Employment rate down

In April, the employment rate was 68.1 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points from January. The seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 8 000 from January to April. The change is within the error margin of the LFS.