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Statistical news from Statistics Sweden

2016-03-17 9:30 AM Nr 2016:59


Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2016:

Decreased unemployment

In February 2016, 4 806 000 persons aged 15–74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 76 000 compared to February 2015. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 37 000 persons and amounted to 396 000 and the unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 7.6 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 158.0 per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in employment and unemployment amounted to 7.0 percent.

In February 2016 the number of employed persons aged 15–74 amounted to 4 806 000, not seasonally adjusted. This corresponds to an increase of 76 000 persons when compared to February 2015, of whom 37 000 were women and 39 000 were men. The employment rate was 65.9 percent. Among women the employment rate amounted to 63.8 percent and among men it was 67.8 percent. Compared to previous months the smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the number of employed persons as well as in the employment rate. But the increase in the employment rate is lower than in previous months. In February 2016 the number of employed persons amounted to 4 884 000 which corresponds to an employment rate of 67.0 percent.

In February 2016 the number of employees aged 15–74 amounted to 4 335 000, not seasonally adjusted; this is an increase of 105 000 when compared to February 2015. Among women the number of employees increased by 36 000 and was 2 160 000 while the corresponding number for men was 2 175 000 which is an increase with 69 000. The number of permanently employed persons amounted to 3 635 000, an increase of 101 000. The number of permanently employed women amounted to 1 764 000 while the corresponding figure for men was 1 871 000. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in both the number of employees and permanently employed persons.

On average, the number of hours worked in February 2016 amounted to 158.0 million per week, not seasonally adjusted. When differences in holidays are taken into account, there was no change from February 2015. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a weak increase in the number of hours worked. In February 2016 the number of hours worked amounted to 146.9 million per week.

In February 2016 the number of unemployed persons aged 15–74 amounted to 396 000, not seasonally adjusted, a decrease of 37 000 persons compared to February 2015, of whom 25 000 were women. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points and amounted to 7.6 percent. Among men the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent and among women it was 7.1 percent, a decrease of 1.0 percentage points. Among young persons aged 15–24 the number of unemployed persons was 135 000, of whom 79 000 were full time students. The unemployment rate was 22.1 percent. Among people aged 15–74, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows small changes in the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 370 000, corresponding to an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent.

Number of employed aged 15-74 (thousands)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2016
Employment rate, persons aged 15-74 (percent)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2016
Number of unemployed aged 15-74 (thousands)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2016
Unemployment rate, persons aged 15-74 (percent)
Labour Force Survey (LFS), February 2016
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