|Unit||% of Labor Force 3-mo. MAVG, SA|
|Labor Force||Feb 2019||2,817||2,811||Ths. 3-mo. MAVG, SA||Monthly|
|Labor Force Employment||Feb 2019||2,711||2,704||Ths. 3-mo. MAVG, SA||Monthly|
|Unemployment||Feb 2019||106||108||Ths. 3-mo. MAVG, SA||Monthly|
|Unemployment Rate||Feb 2019||3.8||3.8||% of Labor Force 3-mo. MAVG, SA||Monthly|
The main purpose of the survey is to provide data on employment and unemployment, and data on the labour force participation in different sections of the population. The Norwegian LFS started in 1972. For information about the history of the survey, and about breaks in the time-series, please cf. Labour Force Survey 2001 (NOS C748).
The LFS is quarterly and annual, but monthly publishing of some key figures is seasonally adjusted (averages of the last three months). Because of uncertainty, Statistics Norway normally compares the latest non-overlapping three-month periods. Quarterly figures are normally published five weeks after the end of the quarter.
The LFS only includes persons who are registered as residents in the population register. Persons working in Norway who are not registered as permanent residents or who are planning to stay for less than six months are not included in the employment figure in the LFS. Conversely, in national accounts figures, employed non-residents are included in the employment figure as long as they work in an establishment in Norway. Statistics Norway publishes separate figures for all registered non-residents once a year.
The industrial classification is in accordance with the Standard Industrial Classification (NOS D 383), which is based on the EU-standard of NACE Rev. 2.
The occupational classification is based on the International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008 (ISCO-08). The Norwegian standard has been named STYRK-08 (Notater 17/2011).
The educational classification is in accordance with the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education (NOS C617).
Concepts and definitions are in accordance with recommendations given by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and EU/Eurostat.
According to the international recommendations persons above a specified age should be classified by their attachment to the labour market in a specified, short period, either a day or a week. In the Norwegian LFS the reference period is one week, and the sample of persons are classified in relation to their situation in that reference week.
In the 2006 the LFS was revised to be in accordance with EU requirements per new ILO recommendations. Two definitions changed: "age" changed from "completed years at end of year" to "completed years at time of reference week," and the lower age limit changed from 16 to 15. These changes caused breaks in the time series.
The monthly figures are seasonally-adjusted three-month averages, and are re-estimated each month. The entire length of each time series, back to 1997, is subject to revision.
Man-weeks worked by sex (series LWQMW(T,M,F)UQ.INOR) were revised at 2010 Q3 back to 2009 Q2.