Solberg: – Very uncertain how unemployment will develop

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

It’s hard to know how unemployment is going to develop in the future, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

There are still restructuring and changes in the oil industry that might not have materialised fully in the unemployment figures yet, says Solberg to the  news agency NTB.
The government has historically used much money on measures that will contribute to the long-term restructuring process, the Prime Minister said when she visited Stavanger and Rogaland on Wednesday in connection with the presentation of the revised national budget.
– We have seen that  unemployment over the last six months has  remained mostly stable because we have launched many initiatives. I hope unemployment comes down, but it is a very big uncertainty and I do not dare predict it, she says.
Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre believes the government has been slow to react. The Right and FRP has had poor management of the economy and has long underestimated unemployment, he said.
It’s Solberg disagrees.
– One has to see what the cause is. When there is bad economic times, there will be less revenue in other areas, she says to NTB.
– Labour has made some premature comments without  thoroughly reading the revised national budget first, and  they perhaps overreacted a bit. They cannot both say that we are doing too little, whilst at the same time think we are doing too much.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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