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Factsheet for measure DK-2020-12/788 Updated – measures in Denmark

Expanded monitoring of the labour market

Daglige tal for, hvordan arbejdsmarkedet udvikler sig

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 19 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 25 April 2020 (updated 11 November 2021)

Background information

Because of the economic effects of the COVID-19 virus the Danish government has decided to publish daily figures on how the labour market develops, as opposed to periodical numbers. Enhanced surveillance should allow the government, all relevant authorities and the public to organize the action based on as timely a snapshot as possible. The monitoring of developments in the labor market is updated on a daily basis at, including figures of new vacancies and the recently unemployed. There will also be data once a week broken down by industries and job areas.

Content of measure

The monitoring is done by the Danish Labor Market and Recruitment Agency (Styrelsen for Arbejdsmarked og Rekruttering, STAR).

The labour market report is published every day at 10, except on holidays. The figures relating to layoffs and work allocations are updated weekly. This happens on the 3rd weekday of the week.

The report contains daily information on the amount of registered as unemployed with the authorities. It includes comparisons over time, both during and before the COVID-19 crisis.

Other statistics include: * reason for unemployment (such as: sickness, dismissal, or other) * new vacancies registered in "jobnet" (STARs job posting service).


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

12 October 2021

The expanded monitoring of the labor market continues, although COVID-19 is not a socially critical disease. The numbers are no longer updated daily but regularly.

Use of measure

Not applicable.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Not involved.

Views and reactions

Not applicable.


  • 19 March 2020: COVID-19: Daglige tal for, hvordan arbejdsmarkedet udvikler sig (
  • 25 April 2020: COVID-19 overview page Ministry of Labour (
  • 06 May 2020: Aktuel overvågning af situationen på arbejdsmarkedet (


Eurofound (2020), Expanded monitoring of the labour market, measure DK-2020-12/788 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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