Around 439,000 immigrants were employed in the fourth quarter of 2019, new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show. These constituted 67.1 per cent of all resident immigrants between the ages of 20 and 66.
Elsewhere in the population, the proportion of employed persons was 78.5 per cent in the same age group.
The percentage of employed immigrants increased by 0.6 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Statistics Norway. Elsewhere in the population, this increase was 0.1 percentage points.
In absolute terms, the proportion of employed immigrants increased by approximately 16,600, accounting for more than 77 per cent of the total growth from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2019.
The largest increase in the proportion of employed persons was among immigrants from Africa and Asia by 2.6 and 1.4 percentage points respectively, while immigrants from the Nordic countries and the EEA countries saw a slight decline.
At the same time, there are large variations in the level of employment among immigrant groups. Immigrants from the Nordic countries and the EEA countries are at the highest level with 79.5 and about 75 per cent respectively.
There are also differences when it comes to gender. Among immigrants, men have an employment rate of 71 per cent, while women are at 63 per cent. For the rest of the population, these figures are 80.4 and 76.7 per cent, respectively.
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