15.4 per cent are registered as job seekers at Nav

NAV Office Akersgata in OsloNAV Office Akersgata in Oslo.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
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Nav has registered 21,000 more job seekers last week. Of the entire workforce, 15.4 per cent are now registered as job seekers.

“Eight out of ten new job seekers in the past week state layoffs as a reason why they must register with Nav,“ said Labor and Welfare Director Sigrun Vågeng on Tuesday.

A total of 433,000 people are now registered as fully unemployed, temporarily unemployed or job seekers, Nav said on Tuesday. The figures are stated to be preliminary.

10.4 per cent lost their jobs
291,000 people are registered as fully unemployed, which represents 10.4 per cent of the workforce.

The total number of unemployed and job seekers due to the coronavirus measures  – referred to as gross unemployment – was 304,000, which is 10.8 per cent of the workforce.

In addition, 129,000 people were registered as part-time job seekers. Thus, a total of 15.4 percent of the workforce was registered as job seekers at Nav.

Compared to the previous count, which was Tuesday, March 31, there have been 10,000 fewer completely unemployed.

According to Nav, it must be seen in the context that several of the newly unemployed have started sending notification cards, so that Nav gets information about who has been working somewhat for the past two weeks, and thus should be classified as temporarily unemployed.

Most in tourism and transport
The number of those temporarily unemployed has risen sharply in recent weeks. This week, 31,000 more were registered compared to last Tuesday.

However, those who have had to leave their jobs permanently were mostly from the  tourism and transport sector and they constitute 26.9 per cent of the workforce.

They are followed by managers, then store and sales work, with 16.8 percent and 16.7 percent respectively.

Highest unemployment in Oslo
The coronavirus crisis is affecting working life throughout the country, but there are still major differences between the counties. On Tuesday, March 10, just before the most comprehensive measures were implemented, the share of unemployed was highest in Vestfold and Telemark, with 2.9 per cent, and lowest in Nordland, with 1.9 per cent.

This week, the share of unemployed is highest in Oslo, with 13.8 per cent, and lowest in Nordland, with 8.5 per cent. The difference between the counties with the highest and the lowest unemployment rate has thus increased from 1.0 to 5.3 percentage points.

Unemployment is highest among women in the 20-24 age group, with 17.3 per cent of the workforce registered as fully unemployed. Then followed men in the same age group, with 16.2 percent.

In all age groups over 25, unemployment is highest for men. In total, unemployment this week is 10 percent for women and 10.7 percent for men.

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