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Labour Force Surveys (LFS), March 2019

Number of permanent employees continues to increase

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-04-18 9.30

In March 2019, the number of employed persons increased by 59 000 compared with March 2018. The number of unemployed persons increased by 39 000. The unemployment rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 7.1 percent. The number of hours worked increased by 2.4 percent, calendar adjusted. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the number of employed persons and a minor change in the unemployment rate, which amounted to 6.3 percent.

The figures in this statistical news release are based on collected data that contains quality deficiencies. Revised LFS figures have been published and are available here:

Labour Force Surveys

In March 2019, there were 5 098 000 employed persons aged 15-74, not seasonally adjusted, which was an increase of 59 000 compared with March 2018. The number of employed women increased by 50 000 to 2 439 000 and the number of employed men was 2 659 000. The employment rate amounted to 68.0 percent. Among women it amounted to 66.2 percent and among men it amounted to 69.7 percent. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a continued increase in the number of employed persons and a minor change in the employment rate compared with recent months. In March 2019, there were 5 162 000 employed persons, which corresponds to an employment rate of 68.9 percent.

The number of employees amounted to 4 589 000 in March 2019, not seasonally adjusted. Among women, the number of employees was 2 298 000, which was an increase of 44 000 compared to March 2018, and among men the number of employees was 2 291 000. The number of permanent employees increased by 68 000 to 3 884 000. Among women, the number of permanent employees increased by 42 000 to 1 897 000 and among men the number of permanent employees was 1 987 000. There were 705 000 temporary employees. Compared with nearby months, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the total number of employees. The number of permanent employees increased and the number of temporary employees shows a minor change.

On average, the number of hours worked in March 2019 amounted to 170.6 million per week, not seasonally adjusted, an increase of 2.4 percent in calendar adjusted figures compared to March 2018. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the number of hours worked per week compared with recent months. On average, the number of hours worked amounted to 158.5 million per week in March 2019.

In March 2019, the number of unemployed persons aged 15-74 increased by 39 000 to 391 000, not seasonally adjusted. This corresponds to an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent, which was an increase of 0.6 percentage points. There were 180 000 unemployed women and 211 000 unemployed men. The unemployment rate was 6.9 percent among women and increased by 0.9 percentage points to 7.4 percent among men. Among young people aged 15-24, the number of unemployed persons amounted to 130 000, which corresponds to an unemployment rate of 21.6 percent. Among unemployed young people, 95 000 were full-time students. Among persons aged 15-74, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows minor changes in the number of unemployed persons and in the unemployment rate compared with nearby months. There were 349 000 unemployed persons in March 2019, which corresponds to an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent. Among young persons aged 15-24, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows minor changes in the number of unemployed persons and in the unemployment rate. There were 110 000 unemployed young persons, which corresponds to an unemployment rate of 17.6 percent.

Employment rate, persons aged 15–74
Labour Force Surveys (LFS), Mars 2019

Employment rate by sex, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data, persons aged 15–74
Labour Force Surveys (LFS), Mars 2019

Unemployment rate, persons aged 15–74
Labour Force Surveys (LFS), Mars 2019

Unemployment rate by sex, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data, persons aged 15–74
Labour Force Surveys (LFS), Mars 2019

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