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Labour Force Surveys (LFS)

Official statistics of Sweden

Upcoming publishing: 2023-02-17

The statistics describe labour market developments for the Swedish population aged 15–74. The LFS shows the number and percentage of employed and unemployed persons respectively, per month, quarter and year. It is the only source of continuous data on total unemployment and represents the official unemployment rate.

Key figures for Sweden

Labour force rate

73.1 %

Reference period: December 2022

0.2 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Unemployment rate

6.9 %

Reference period: December 2022

-0.4 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Employment rate

68.1 %

Reference period: December 2022

0.5 %-unit

compared with the same period previous year

Labour force rate (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

74.7 %

Reference period: December 2022

Unemployment rate  (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

7.3 %

Reference period: December 2022

Employment rate  (smoothed and seasonally adjusted)

69.2 %

Reference period: December 2022

Statistical news

Hours worked increased in the fourth quarter

2023-02-07

In the fourth quarter of 2022, there were 5 194 000 employed persons, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 110 000 persons compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. The average number of hours worked per week amounted to 164.8 million hours. In calendar-adjusted figures, this corresponds to an increase of 3.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points. Seasonally adjusted and smoothed data indicates an increase in the number of employed. The seasonally and smoothed unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

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Publications

Title Language Type Date
Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 2022:2 – Theme: Risks of unemployment and chances of employment during the corona pandemic Swedish SM 2022-12-06
Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 2022 – Theme: Working from home during the Corona pandemic Swedish SM 2022-09-13
Labour force surveys (LFS) 2021 Swedish SM 2022-06-15
Unemployment duration in the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and time out of work at the Swedish Public Employment Service 2016 – A comparative study Swedish Report 2018-11-13
Employed and hours worked in Labour Force Surveys and National Accounts. Background Facts – Labour and Education Statistics 2016:1 Swedish Rapport 2018-07-18
Employed and hours worked in Labour Force Surveys and National Accounts. Background Facts – Labour and Education Statistics 2016:1 English Report 2018-07-11
Analysis on nonresponse bias for the Swedish Labour Force Surveys (LFS) English Report 2018-04-23
Over- and undercoverage in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) – a register-based study English Report 2018-04-23
Over- and undercoverage in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys (LFS) – a register-based analysis Swedish Report 2017-05-31
Analysis on nonresponse bias for the Swedish Labour Force Surveys (LFS) Swedish Report 2017-05-24
Unemployment statistics from the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and the Swedish Public Employment Service – A comparative study Swedish SM 2016-06-30
Employed and hours worked in Labour Force Surveys and National accounts Swedish Rapport 2016-06-22
Background facts: Patterns of non-response in the Swedish LFS Swedish Rapport 2015-09-03
Background facts: Measurement errors study in the Swedish labour force surveys English Rapport 2015-08-24
Background facts: Estimating household-related parameters in the Swedish LFS – theory and practice English Rapport 2015-08-12
Background facts: Flow statistics – an early indicator of turning points on the labour market? English Rapport 2015-04-30
Background facts: Method for estimation when combining samples with different designs in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys Swedish Rapport 2014-02-13
Background facts: Unemployment statistics from the Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and the Swedish Public Employment Service – A comparative study Swedish Rapport 2013-09-12
Background facts: Linking of central series in Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 1970–1986 Swedish Rapport 2013-08-27
Background facts: Part-time employed job seekers English Rapport 2013-08-27
Background facts: Part-time employed job seekers Swedish Rapport 2013-08-27
Background facts: Youth unemployment – comparability in statistics between a number of European countries English Rapport 2013-05-23
Background facts: Revising Surveys – Linking Old and New Data English Rapport 2013-05-23
Background facts: Consistent Seasonal Adjustment English Rapport 2013-05-23
Bakgrundsfakta: Ungdomsarbetslöshet – jämförbarhet i statistiken mellan ett antal europeiska länder Swedish Rapport 2013-04-02
Background facts: Linking a system of time series, Recalculation of Labour Force Surveys 1987–1992 English Rapport 2012-12-18
Background facts: Actual Hours Worked in the Swedish LFS – Four articles English Rapport 2012-12-10
Background facts: The Sampling and Estimation Procedure in the Swedish Labour Force Surveys 2005– Swedish Rapport 2011-11-25
Background facts: The Labour Force Surveys (LFS) 50 years – A presentation of four different perspektives from independent researchers Swedish Rapport 2011-09-30
Background facts: Recruitment Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Surveys English Rapport 2011-09-26
Background facts: Basic principles for Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and labour market statistics Swedish Rapport 2011-06-22
Background facts: Recruitment Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Surveys (LFS) Swedish Rapport 2010-12-09
Background facts: Basic principles for Labour Force Surveys (LFS) and labour market statistics Swedish Rapport 2010-05-25
Bakgrundsfakta: Flow Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Survey English Rapport 2005-12-05
Background facts: Flow Statistics from the Swedish Labour Force Survey Swedish Rapport 2005-11-16
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