AS the question of the level of employment and unemployment pops up now and again, I decided to take a look at Statistics Denmark’s databases.
First, the levels of labour market activity and employment from 1995 until mid-2011:
One problem here is that the table uses 16-66 year-olds; something which probably distorts the picture, but the main improvements were during the 1990s with a second increase in the level of employment from 2005-2008. Note the drop in labour market activity and employment levels from 2009.
Second, the share of unemployment from 1995 until mid-2011:
Here we see a fairly steady fall from 1995 until 2000 followed by a period of steady or increasing unemployment. The boom years from 2005 to 2008 show until unemployment levels begin to rise in 2009. Needless to say, the fast increase in the level of unemployment is one of the main problems the government is facing in the campaign.
Note: All numbers are seasonally adjusted.