N.B! Read about revisions to the LFS for Jan-Aug 2007
The Government has revoked the earlier decision from 1986 regarding definitions in the Labour Force Survey. Statistics Sweden will publish according to international definitions from the October issue of LFS. More information.
In August, the number of employed people amounted to 4 565 000, an increase of 131 000 compared to August 2006. Permanent jobs increased. The increase in employment was larger for men than for women. Particularly among young men aged 16-24 years, the employment has increased since August one year ago. Employment increased mainly in the business services industry and in health and social work.
229 000 persons were unemployed, a decrease of 41 000 compared to August 2006. The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, a decrease from 5.7 percent one year ago. The decrease in the number as well as the rate of unemployed people was particularly marked for women.
The number of hours worked was on average 118.1 million hours per week, compared to 116.1 million in August 2006. After adjustment for differences caused by holidays, hours worked increased by 5 percent.