Up to and including March 2005, data refers to all persons of working age who during the reference week were not employed, but were willing and able to work and had looked for work (or would have looked for work if they had not been temporarily prevented from doing so) during the last four weeks. Also included are persons waiting to begin a job starting within three months. Data from 1976 include students who comply with ILO unemployment criteria. As from October 2007, the Swedish Labour Force Survey unemployment criteria also include students looking for job. The rate is calculated as the unemployed as a percentage of total labour force. Total labour force equals the employed plus the unemployed as defined in the labour force survey.
NAB Business Confidence
A survey of the current state of the business sector in Australia. Based on a survey of 350 of small to large sized companies, the National Australia Bank delivers monthly and quarterly reports from statistical data. The companies are asked about forward orders, trading conditions, export sales, profits, capital spending and employment. A reading higher than zero indicates companies expecting their industry to improve outnumber those predicting a deterioration. The quarterly version tends to have more impact due to a larger sample size and additional questions regarding expectations.
Industrial Production m/m
The indices measure monthly changes in the production and relate to the physical quantity of commodities produced by industrial enterprises. They are published by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Data are derived from the Current Survey of Production. 530 commodity items are covered by the survey. This is the percentage change compared with the previous month.
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