Decrease in employment
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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 4.7 per cent in November 2016.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresNovember 2016



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Decrease in employment

The seasonally-adjusted employment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points from August to November, to 66.8 per cent.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
November 2016Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons130 000-6 000
In per cent of the labour force4.7-0.2
Employed persons2 638 000-14 000
In per cent of the population66.8-0.5

From August (average of July–September) to November (average of October–December), the seasonally-adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 14 000. This change is within margin of error in the Labour Force Survey (LFS). However, since the population aged 15–74 years increased in this period, the employment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points, to 66.8 per cent in November. 

Unemployment 4.7 per cent

Unemployment decreased by 0.2 percentage points, or 6 000 persons, from August (average of July–September) to November (average of October–December), according to seasonally-adjusted figures from the LFS. This change is within the LFS margin of error. In comparison, 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. This figure is also based on seasonally-adjusted figures and three-month averages. 

The LFS shows that from the summer of 2014 to the fall of 2015 there has been a gradual increase in seasonally-adjusted unemployment. The past year changes in unemployment have mainly been within the LFS error margin and the level has fluctuated between 4.6 and 5.0 per cent of the labour force