Labour Force Surveys (LFS) - Statistiska centralbyrån

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Labour Force Surveys (LFS)

The objective of the LFS is to describe the current employment conditions for the entire population aged 15-74 and to give information on the development of the labour market. The survey is conducted regularly every month during the whole year. The results are presented as monthly, quarterly and annually statistics, with focus on both the number and the percentage of employed and unemployed persons. The LFS is the only source with continuous information on total unemployment and this information represents the official unemployment rate.

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Labour force

5123

Thousands December 2014

1.2 %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

5208

Thousands December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force rate

70.9

Percent December 2014

0.4 %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

72.0

Percent December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Employed

4763

Thousands December 2014

1.8 %

from corresponding period previous year

Employed (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

4804

Thousands December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Employment rate

65.9

Percent December 2014

0.7 %

from corresponding period previous year

Employment rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

66.5

Percent December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployed

360

Thousands December 2014

-5.3 %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployed (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

404

Thousands December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployment rate

7.0

Percent December 2014

-0.5 %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployment rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

7.8

Percent December 2014

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

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Number of hours worked increased by 1.8 percent

In December 2014, 4 763 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 83 000 persons compared to December 2013. The number of unemployed persons was 360 000, corresponding to an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 141.0 million per week, an increase of 1.8 percent. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a continuing increase in the number of employed persons and small decrease in the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate.

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The objective of the LFS is to describe the current employment conditions for the entire population aged 15-74 and to give information on the development of the labour market. The survey is conducted regularly every month during the whole year. The results are presented as monthly, quarterly and annually statistics, with focus on both the number and the percentage of employed and unemployed persons. The LFS is the only source with continuous information on total unemployment and this information represents the official unemployment rate.

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