4.6 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 4.6 per cent in October 2015.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresOctober 2015



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4.6 per cent unemployment

Adjusted for seasonal variations, there were 129 000 unemployed persons in October. This corresponds to 4.6 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
October 2015Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons129 0009 000
In per cent of the labour force4.60.3
Employed persons2 655 0003 000
In per cent of the population67.9-0.1

Seasonally-adjusted figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that unemployment increased by 9 000 persons from July (average of June-August) to October (average of September-November). The increase is within the error margin of the LFS, but in line with a long-lasting trend. In comparison, 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 July to October. 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 3 000 from July to October: an increase within the error margin. Taking the LFS error margin into account, the number of employed persons has remained unchanged throughout 2015. However, since the population aged 15-74 years has increased in the same period, there has been a small decrease in the employment rate.

The labour force has increased during 2015 at about the same rate as the population.