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Labour Market Account

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Labour Market Account

Last updated: 07-04-2021

New Labour Market Account concerning the population´s labour market status have been developed by Statistics Denmark.

The primary purpose of the Labour Market Accounts (LMA) is to provide a complete overview of the population´s labour market status compiled in terms of full-time persons, covering a given period of time or a given point-in-time.

Statistical presentation

The Labour Market Account is compiled annually and provides information on the population´s labour market status, where labour-market related activities are given the highest priority. The statistics are compiled in terms of full-time persons.

Data on the population´s labour market status are broken down by socio-economic groups i.e. persons in employment, students, unemployed persons and other persons receiving public benefits, children and young people and other people outside the labour force.

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Statistical processing

The primary statistical data for the LMA is a newly developed register called the AMR-UN (LMA without standardization of hours).

The AMR-UN is composed of administrative data, which are integrated and harmonised in a statistical system.

On the basis of the AMR-UN, the LMA is constructed by means of an hourly standardization of the population´s labour market status, where a person can at maximum contribute with 37 hours per week, corresponding to the existing hourly standard.

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Over a number of years Statistics Denmark has carried out work on developing the LMA. Several users have indicated their great interest in and expectations with regard to the statistics/register.

Users of the LMA are typical ministries, organisations and research institutes, etc.

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Accuracy and reliability

In the LMA, a wide range of data sources are subjected to data editing and harmonisation in one statistical system. This implies that the LMA can conduct far better analyses of the labour market than the analyses that can be conducted by each individual statistic. At the same time, the LMA constitutes a census of the population and consequently, the statistical uncertainty is reduced compared to statistics compiled on the basis of sample surveys.

Against this background, the quality of the statistics is considered to be relatively high. Despite this, there is still some degree of uncertainty linked to the statistics.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published approximately 16 months after the reference year.

The statistics are published for the first time on the scheduled date.

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The statistics cover the period 2008 to 2013, and during this period the development are comparable.

The LMA constitutes a population account compiled in terms of full-time persons. Several of the data sources applied in the LMA are also compiled in terms of full-time persons. This applies to the statistics on employees in employment and the statistics on people receiving public benefits.

There are no international statistics, where the population´s labour market status is compiled in terms of full-time persons. Consequently, the statistics are not internationally comparable.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published as “NYT fra Danmarks Statistik” (NEWS from Statistics Denmark) and are also accessible from

More detailed data can be purchased from Statistics Denmark´s Customer Centre, and detailed microdata are made available through Statistics Denmark´s Division for Research Services.

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