Decrease in labour force
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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 4.4 per cent in December 2016.

Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figuresDecember 2016



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Decrease in labour force

The labour force, the sum of employed and unemployed, decreased by 34 000 persons from September to December 2016. The seasonally adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 22 000. In the same period, the unemployment decreased by 12 000.

Employment and unemployment for persons aged 15-74. Seasonally-adjusted series1
December 2016Change from the previous non-overlapping three-month period
1Three-month average named by the middle month.
Unemployed persons122 000-12 000
In per cent of the labour force4.4-0.4
Employed persons2 637 000-22 000
In per cent of the population66.8-0.7

From September (average of August–October) to December (average of November–January), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment decreased by 0.4 percentage points, or 12 000 persons. This change is within the margin of error in 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) remained unchanged in the same period. This figure is also based on seasonally-adjusted figures and three-month averages.

Decreased employment

According to the LFS, the seasonally adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 22 000 persons from September to December. The population aged 15–74 years increased in this period, and the employment rate decreased by 0.7 percentage points, to 66.8 per cent in December.