Unchanged unemployment at 4.6 per cent
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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 November 2015.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresNovember 2015



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Unchanged unemployment at 4.6 per cent

There were 127 000 unemployed persons in November, adjusted for seasonal variations. This corresponds to 4.6 per cent of the labour force.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
November 2015Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons127 0000
In per cent of the labour force4.60.0
Employed persons2 649 000-4 000
In per cent of the population67.7-0.3

The seasonally-adjusted figure of unemployed persons remained unchanged from August (average of July-September) to November (average of October-December), according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). 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 3 000 from August to December. This figure is also based on seasonally-adjusted figures and three-month averages.

The LFS shows that the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 4 000 from August to November, a change 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 decrease in the employment rate. The unemployment rate was 67.7 per cent in November, down 0.3 percentage points from August.