4.5 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 4.5 per cent in June 2015.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresJune 2015



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4.5 per cent unemployment

Adjusted for seasonal adjustments, there were 124 000 unemployed persons in June. This corresponds to 4.5 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
June 2015Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons124 0008 000
In per cent of the labour force4.50.3
Employed persons2 653 00011 000
In per cent of the population68.20.1

Seasonally-adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that unemployment increased by 8 000 persons from March (average of February-April) to June (average of May-July). The increase is within the error margin of the LFS, but still in line with an increasing trend since May 2014. During this period, the increase has been strongest among the under 25s, but there has also been an increase among those aged 25-74 years – especially among men.

The number of people registered as unemployed or on government initiatives to promote employment with the Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) increased by 4 000 from March to June. This figure is also based on seasonally-adjusted figures and three-month averages.

Small changes in employment

The LFS shows that the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons increased by 11 000 from March to June – a change which is within the error margin of the LFS. In June, the employment rate was 68.2 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from March.