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Labour Force Surveys (LFS)

Upcoming publishing: 2017-02-23

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.

Keyfigures for Sweden

Labour force rate

71.4 %

Reference period: January 2017

0.4 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Unemployment rate

7.3 %

Reference period: January 2017

-0.2 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Employment rate

66.2 %

Reference period: January 2017

0.5 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Labour force rate (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

72.2

thousands

Reference period: January 2017

Unemployment rate  (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

6.9 %

Reference period: January 2017

Employment rate  (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

67.3 %

Reference period: January 2017

Statistical news

Labour Force Surveys (LFS), January 2017

2017-02-16

In January 2017, there were 4 880 000 employed persons aged 15–74, not seasonally adjusted. This was an increase of 90 000 persons compared with January 2016. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 385 000, which corresponds to an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 148.1 million per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the employment rate and small changes in the unemployment rate, which was 6.9 percent.

All statistical news for this survey

Tables in the Statistical Database

Publications

Title Type Date
Labour force surveys (LFS), 4th quarter 2016 SM 2017-02-14
Labour force surveys - Theme: Employed persons by economic activity between 2006 and 2015 SM 2016-11-22
Labour force surveys: 3rd quarter 2016 SM 2016-11-08
Labour force surveys - Theme: The labour market situation among full-time students in 2005–2015 SM 2016-09-20
Labour force surveys: 2nd quarter 2016 SM 2016-08-30
Unemployment statistics from the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and the Swedish Public Employment Service – A comparative study Report 2016-06-30
Employed and hours worked in Labour Force Surveys and National accounts Report 2016-06-22
Labour Force Surveys (LFS) - Theme: The labour market for men and women during the years 2001–2016 SM 2016-05-26
Labour force surveys: 1st quarter 2016 SM 2016-05-12
Labour force surveys - Theme: Labour situation of migrants and their immediate descendants 2014 SM 2016-03-01
Labour force surveys 2015 SM 2016-02-23
Labour force surveys: 4th quarter 2015 SM 2016-02-16
Labour force surveys - Theme SM 2015-11-17
Labour force surveys: 3rd quarter 2015 SM 2015-11-03
Labour force surveys - Theme: Patterns of absenteeism - different during major sporting events? SM 2015-09-22
Background facts - Patterns of non-response in the Swedish LFS Report 2015-09-03
Labour force surveys: 2nd quarter 2015 SM 2015-08-27
Background facts - Measurement errors study in the Swedish labour force surveys Report 2015-08-24
Background facts - Estimating household-related parameters in the Swedish LFS – theory and practice Report 2015-08-12
Labour force surveys - Theme SM 2015-05-26
Labour force surveys: 1st quarter 2015 SM 2015-05-12
Background facts - Flow statistics - an early indicator of turning points on the labour market? Report 2015-04-30
Labour force surveys - Theme: Trends for persons in temporary employment SM 2015-02-24
Labour force surveys 2014 SM 2015-02-17
Labour force surveys: 4th quarter 2014 SM 2015-02-10
Labour force survey - Theme: Transition from work to retirement 2012 SM 2014-11-18
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2014 SM 2014-11-06
Labour force survey - Theme: Development of the Swedish labour market since the financial crisis SM 2014-09-02
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2014 SM 2014-08-26
Labour force survey - Theme: The labour market among foreign born 2005-2013 SM 2014-06-11
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2014 SM 2014-05-13
Background facts - Measurement errors in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys Report 2014-03-25
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2013 - Theme: Labour underutilization, 2001–2013 SM 2014-02-25
Background facts - Method for estimation when combining samples with different designs in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys Report 2014-02-13
Labour force surveys 2013 SM 2014-02-11
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2013 SM 2014-02-06
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2013 - Theme: Risks for long-term unemployment SM 2013-11-25
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2013 SM 2013-10-29
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2013 - Theme: Development of employment and labour force participation in Europe SM 2013-09-17
Background facts - Unemployment statistics from the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and the Swedish Public Employment Service – A comparative study Report 2013-09-12
Background facts - Part-time employed job seekers Report 2013-08-27
Background facts - Part-time employed job seekers Report 2013-08-27
Background facts - Linking of central series in Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 1970-1986 Report 2013-08-27
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2013 SM 2013-08-27
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2013 - Theme: Youth unemployment SM 2013-06-05
Background facts - Youth unemployment - comparability in statistics between a number of European countries Report 2013-05-23
Background facts - Consistent Seasonal Adjustment Report 2013-05-23
Background facts - Revising Surveys - Linking Old and New Data Report 2013-05-23
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2013 SM 2013-05-06
Background facts - Youth unemployment – comparability in statistics between a number of European countries Report 2013-04-02
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2012 - Theme: Time worked 2012 - How much are we working and when? SM 2013-02-26
Labour force surveys 2012 SM 2013-02-11
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2012 SM 2013-02-07
Background facts - Linking a system of time series, Recalculation of Labour Force Surveys 1987-1992 Report 2012-12-18
Background facts - Actual Hours Worked in the Swedish LFS - Four articles Report 2012-12-10
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2012 SM 2012-11-20
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2012 - Theme: The development for persons not at work during 2005-2012 SM 2012-11-20
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2012 - Theme: How much do we work in Sweden? SM 2012-09-18
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2012. Corrected 2012-09-27 SM 2012-08-28
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2012 - Theme: Persons outside the labour force aged 15-74 SM 2012-05-29
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2012 SM 2012-05-29
Labour force surveys 2011 SM 2012-02-29
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2011 SM 2012-02-23
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2011 - Theme: Employment and hours worked over the business cycle SM 2012-02-23
Background facts - The Sampling and Estimation Procedure in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys 2005- Report 2011-11-25
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2011 - Theme: Long-term unemployment among persons aged 15-74 SM 2011-11-15
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2011 SM 2011-11-15
Background facts - The Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 50 years - A presentation of four different perspektives from independent researchers Report 2011-09-30
Background facts - Recruitment Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Surveys Report 2011-09-26
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2011 - Theme: The labour market for persons aged 20–64 years SM 2011-08-30
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2011 SM 2011-08-30
Background facts - Basic principles for Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and labour market statistics Report 2011-06-22
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2011 - Theme: Externally recruited persons 2005–2011 SM 2011-05-24
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2011 SM 2011-05-24
Labour force surveys 2010 SM 2011-02-24
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2010 with Theme: The labour market from a regional perspective SM 2011-02-21
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2010 SM 2010-12-09
Background facts - Recruitment Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Surveys (LFS) Report 2010-12-09
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2010 SM 2010-08-31
Labour force survey 1st quarter 2010 - Theme: The impact of two crises on the labour market SM 2010-05-25
Background facts - Basic principles for Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and labour market statistics Report 2010-05-25
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2010 SM 2010-05-20
Labour force surveys 2009 SM 2010-03-04
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2009 - incl. Theme: Underemployment SM 2010-02-23
Labour force survey 3rd quarter 2009 - Theme:Labour market situation for foreign-born persons in 2008 SM 2009-11-25
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2009 SM 2009-11-05
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2009 - incl. Theme: Comparing unemployment among young people in Europé SM 2009-08-20
Labour force survey: 1st quarter 2009 - incl. Theme: Youth unemployment SM 2009-05-07
Labour force surveys 2008 SM 2009-02-26
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2008 SM 2009-02-12
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2008 SM 2008-10-28
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2008 SM 2008-08-27
Labour force survey: 1 quarter 2008 SM 2008-05-09
Labour force surveys 2007 SM 2008-03-03
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2007 SM 2008-02-08
Labour force survey: 3rd quarter 2007 SM 2007-11-08
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2007 SM 2007-08-24
Labour force survey: 1 quarter 2007 SM 2007-05-15
Labour force surveys 2006 SM 2007-02-22
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2006 SM 2007-02-08
Labour force survey: 3nd quarter 2006 SM 2006-11-09
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2006 SM 2006-08-22
Labour force survey: 1 quarter 2006 SM 2006-05-17
Labour force surveys 2005 SM 2006-04-07
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2005 SM 2006-02-09
Background facts - Flow Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Survey Report 2005-12-06
Background facts - Flow Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Survey Report 2005-11-15
Labour force survey: 3nd quarter 2005 SM 2005-11-10
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2005 SM 2005-08-19
Labour force survey: 1:a quarter 2005 SM 2005-05-24
Labour force surveys 2004 SM 2005-03-10
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2004 SM 2005-02-10
Labour force survey: 3nd quarter 2004 SM 2004-11-04
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2004 SM 2004-08-12
Labour force survey: 1:a quarter 2004 SM 2004-05-13
Labour force surveys 2003 SM 2004-03-25
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2003 SM 2004-02-26
Labour force survey : December 2003 SM 2004-02-03
Labour force survey : November 2003 SM 2003-12-18
Labour force survey : October 2003 SM 2003-11-20
Labour force survey: 3nd quarter 2003 SM 2003-11-10
Labour force survey : September 2003 SM 2003-10-27
Labour force survey : August 2003 SM 2003-09-18
Labour force survey : July 2003 SM 2003-08-27
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2003 SM 2003-08-15
Labour force survey : June 2003 SM 2003-07-29
Labour force survey : May 2003 SM 2003-06-24
Labour force survey : April 2003 SM 2003-06-02
Labour force survey: 1 st quarter 2003 SM 2003-05-15
Labour force survey : March 2003 SM 2003-04-29
Labour force survey : February 2003 SM 2003-03-20
Labour force survey : December 2001 SM 2003-03-12
Labour force surveys 2002 SM 2003-03-12
Labour force survey : January 2003 SM 2003-02-20
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2002 SM 2003-02-10
Labour force survey : December 2002 SM 2003-01-30
Labour force survey: November 2002 SM 2002-12-19
Labour force survey: October 2002 SM 2002-11-21
Labour force survey: 3nd quarter 2002 SM 2002-11-07
Labour force survey: September 2002 SM 2002-10-25
Labour force survey: August 2002 SM 2002-09-18
Labour force survey: 2nd quarter 2002 SM 2002-09-04
Labour force survey : July 2002 SM 2002-08-23
Labour force survey : June 2002 SM 2002-07-29
Labour force survey : May 2002 SM 2002-06-19
Labour force survey : April 2002 SM 2002-05-31
Labour force surveys 2001 SM 2002-05-08
Labour force survey: 1 st quarter 2002 SM 2002-05-07
Labour force survey : March 2002 SM 2002-05-02
Labour force survey : February 2002 SM 2002-03-21
Labour force survey: 4th quarter 2001 SM 2002-03-13
Labour force survey : January 2002 SM 2002-02-21

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