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Wednesday - 19 September 2012
No. 167/2012

Labour force survey, August 2012


Unemployment 5.8%
The number of persons in the labour force in August 2012 was 178,300 which correspond to an activity rate of 79.4%. The number of employed persons was 168,000 and unemployed persons were 10,300. The employment rate was 79.4% and the unemployment rate was 5.8%. The unemployment rate has decreased by 0.4 percentage points from August 2011 when it was 6.2%. In August 2012 the male unemployment rate was 5% compared to 5.7% in August 2011 and the female unemployment rate was 6.7% compared to 6.8% in August 2011.


 


Seasonally adjusted unemployment 6.3%
The seasonally adjusted data shows that in August 2012 unemployed persons aged 16-74 amounted to 11,300 or 6.3% compared to 10,500 in July 2012 or 5.8%. The number of seasonally adjusted employed persons in August was 166,700 or 75% compared to 170,100 in or 76.3% in July. The seasonally adjusted trend data shows an even decrease over the year 2011 in unemployment rate or one percentage point but this year there has been little or no change. The seasonally adjusted trend for employment rate shows that the rate rose by one percentage point from January till July 2012, but there was a slight decrease by 0.2 points between July and August.

 

 


Implementation
August 2012 is divided in to five weeks, from the 30th of July to 2nd of September. The total sample size for August 2012 was 1,499 persons. When those who had passed away or those who were living abroad had been deducted from the sample the net sample was 1,453 persons. In total the number of usable answers was 1,199 which correspond to 82.5% response rate. All figures have been weighted by sex and age groups. The confidence limit of the results on activity rate is ▒2.3%, employment rate is ▒2.5% and unemployment rate is ▒1.5%. Figures may not add up because of rounding.

Table 1. Labour market in August- Orginal
  2010 2011 2012
Total 16-74 years
Activity rate 80.4 ▒2.5 80.3 ▒2.4 79.4 ▒2.3
Employment rate 75.5 ▒2.7 75.3 ▒2.6 74.8 ▒2.5
Unemployment rate 6.0 ▒1.7 6.2 ▒1.6 5.8 ▒1.5
Hours of work 39.7 ▒1.3 42.3 ▒1.4 40.5 ▒1.1
Labour force 179,700 ▒5500 180,800 ▒5400 178,300 ▒5200
Employed 168,900 ▒6000 169,600 ▒5900 168,000 ▒5600
Unemployed 10,800 ▒3000 11,200 ▒3000 10,300 ▒2700
Inactive 43,900 ▒5500 44,500 ▒5400 46,200 ▒5200
Est. population 223,600 225,300 224,500

Table 2. Labour market last 6 months - Seasonal adjustement
  Mar-12 Apr-12 May-12 Jun-12 Jul-12 Aug-12
Total 16-74 years
Activity rate 80.5 80.2 81.3 81.7 81.0 80.1
Employment rate 74.5 74.7 77.1 76.8 76.3 75.0
Unemployment rate 7.4 6.8 5.1 6.0 5.8 6.3
Hours of work 40.4 39.5 39.5 40.4 40.4 39.5
Labour force 180,100 178,800 181,600 182,600 180,600 178,000
Employed 166,900 166,500 172,300 171,600 170,100 166,700
Unemployed 13,200 12,200 9,300 11,000 10,500 11,300
Inactive 43,800 44,000 41,900 40,800 42,400 44,300
Est. population 223,900 222,800 223,400 223,400 223,000 222,300

Table 3. Labour market last 6 months - Seasonal adjustement trend
  Mar-12 Apr-12 May-12 Jun-12 Jul-12 Aug-12
Total 16-74 years
Activity rate 80.1 80.5 80.8 80.9 80.8 80.7
Employment rate 74.8 75.1 75.5 75.5 75.4 75.2
Unemployment rate 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.7
Hours of work 39.9 39.9 39.9 39.9 39.9 39.9
Labour force 178,900 179,000 179,100 178,900 178,500 178,100
Employed 167,000 167,200 167,200 167,000 166,500 166,100
Unemployed 11,900 11,800 11,800 11,900 12,000 12,000
Inactive 44,400 43,500 42,600 42,200 42,400 42,700
Est. population 223,300 222,500 221,600 221,000 220,900 220,900

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