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Subjects > Labour Market Situation > Norway

NORWAY
Labour Force Survey - quarterly levels


NOR.LF.......
Name of collection/source
Data are compiled from the results of the quarterly Labour Force Survey, which started in 1972 and which is carried out on a continuous basis from 1996. The size of the sample is 12 000 households, i.e. 24 000 persons.

Reference period
Annual data are averages of quarterly data.

Population coverage
From 2006, data refer to all persons aged 15 to 74 years, living in private households and in collective households obtained via their parents, including all armed forces. Prior to 2006, the lower age limit was 16 years. 

Quality comments

Series breaks:
As from 2006 age is defined as completed years at the time of the reference week, instead of completed years at the end of the year as earlier. The lower age limit to be covered by the survey was lowered from 16 to 15. Persons on lay-off are no longer classified as unemployed, but as employed.
In 1996 a continuous survey was introduced with new estimation procedures and a new definition of unemployment was adopted: job seekers are required to be available for work during the 2 weeks following the interview whereas previously the availability required was during the week of the reference period.
In 1988, data collection became monthly but the results are still published quarterly.
In 1986, the definition of family workers in employment was modified: they became classified as employed regardless of the number of hours they worked, previously only family workers working 10 hours or more per week were included.
In 1979, a new estimation procedure and a change in the definition of employment were introduced: conscripts became classified as employed persons.




NORWAY
Employed population


NOR.LFEM.......
Key statistical concept
Data refer to all persons who performed work for pay or profit for at least one hour during the reference week. Persons temporarily absent from work due to illness or injury, on vacation or on leave, absent due to labour disputes, bad weather, as well as unpaid family workers and conscripts are included. Persons engaged by government measures to promote employment are included if they receive wages.


NORWAY
Part time


NOR.LFETPT.......
Population coverage
Data only include persons declaring usual hours worked.

Key statistical concept
Part-time employment refers to persons who work less than 30 hours per week. All jobs are covered and the hours worked are usual hours. Usual hours refer to settled/contractual hours. Usual hours are asked for if there is no contract (and for self-employed/family-workers). Settled hours refer to the number of working hours determined by working agreement. Overtime or extra hours are not included in settled hours, even when the number of actual hours normally is higher than the settled.


NORWAY
Unemployed population


NOR.LFUN.......
Key statistical concept
Data refer to persons who were without employment during the reference week but sought work during the last 4 weeks and were available for work within the next 2 weeks. Included are persons on temporary layoff without pay, full or part-time students seeking work.
Prior to 1972, unemployment data refer to registered unemployment

Recommended uses and limitations

Registered unemployment: Due to major variations observed between unemployment figures from the Labour Force Survey and those provided from the Employment offices, the following table is presented at the request of the Norwegian authorities, showing the number of registered unemployed, in thousands.

198319841985198619871988198919901991
63.566.651.436.232.449.382.992.7100.7
199219931994199519961997199819992000
114.4118.1110.3102.290.973.55659.662.6
200120022003200420052006200720082009
62.675.292.691.683.562.946.142.670.4
201020112012      
756966   




NORWAY
Unemployment - by duration


NOR.LFUT.......
Name of collection/source
Collection: Data are compiled from the Labour Force Survey. For unemployment definition look under Unemployment .

Item coverage
These percentages only take into account those persons for whom the duration of unemployment is known.

Key statistical concept
Data refer to the shorter of the following two periods: the duration of search for work and the duration of joblessness with the added measure of asking the unemployed persons "For how many weeks have you been trying to find work?”


NORWAY
Working age population


NOR.LFWA.......
Name of collection/source
Data are compiled from the results of the quarterly Labour Force Survey, which started in 1972 and which is carried out on a continuous basis from 1996. The size of the sample is 12 000 households, i.e. 24 000 persons.

Reference period
Annual data are averages of quarterly data.

Population coverage
From 2006, data refer to all persons aged 15 to 74 years, living in private households and in collective households obtained via their parents, including all armed forces. Prior to 2006, the lower age limit was 16 years.