The number of persons with a higher education who are registered as unemployed has increased by 13 per cent from November 2014 to November 2015. The increase was mainly in the southern and western parts of Norway.
The increase in registered unemployment among those with a higher education was closely linked to the decline in oil-related industries, where the level of education of employees is quite high. For those with an upper secondary level of education, the increase from November 2014 to November 2015 was 12 per cent. Persons with a primary or lower secondary education saw a 4 per cent increase.
Higher unemployment in Southern and Western Norway
The decline in oil-related industries meant that Rogaland had the largest increase in registered unemployment. Here the unemployment rate more than doubled among people with a more comprehensive higher education. Among those with a less comprehensive higher education, the increase was 85 per cent. Unemployed persons with an upper secondary education had an increase of 92 per cent from November 2014 to November 2015.
Hordaland was the county with the second highest increase in registered unemployment. Here the largest increase was among persons with a less comprehensive higher education, with 47 per cent. Unemployed persons with an upper secondary school education had an increase of 39 per cent.
Falling unemployment elsewhere in the country
All other counties, except Telemark, Sør-Trøndelag and Nordland, saw a net fall in unemployment. Most of these counties also saw a decline in registered unemployment for those with a higher education.
Source: SSB / Norway Today