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Labour Force Surveys (LFS)

Upcoming publishing: 10/20/2016

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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Figures

Labour force

5 311

Thousands August 2016

0.2 %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

5 269

Thousands August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force rate

72.5

Percent August 2016

-0.5 %

from corresponding period previous year

Labour force rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

71.9

Percent August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Employed

4 961

Thousands August 2016

-0.0 %

from corresponding period previous year

Employed (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

4 900

Thousands August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Employment rate

67.7

Percent August 2016

-0.6 %

from corresponding period previous year

Employment rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

66.9

Percent August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployed

350

Thousands August 2016

3.9 %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployed (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

369

Thousands August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployment rate

6.6

Percent August 2016

0.2 %

from corresponding period previous year

Unemployment rate (Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data)

7.0

Percent August 2016

.. %

from corresponding period previous year

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News

In 2015, the proportion of full-time students in the labour force was 39.0 percent. This is an increase of 6.8 percentage points compared with 2005. There was a considerable difference between men and women in the percentage of the employed full-time students. In 2015, the employment rate among women who are full-time students was 28.5 percent and among men who are full-time students it was 19.9 percent. The number of unemployed full-time students amounted to 126 000 in 2015, corresponding to 37.7 percent of the labour force. The large variations in the unemployment rate among full-time students between 2005 and 2015 were mainly due to changes in the number of full-time students in labour market programmes.

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