At the end of the third quarter, 128,800 people received work assessment allowances (AAP). This is a decline of 7,700 people from the end of the second quarter.
3.8 percent of the population aged 18 to 66 years as of September 2018 were receiving work assessment allowances. This represents a decrease of 0.2 percentage points since the previous quarter.
“In recent years there has been a reduction in the number of recipients of the work assessment allowance but in the last quarter the decline is clearly greater than the trend. There is a decline for all age groups since the previous quarter, and the decline is greatest for the 40 to 50 year olds. The reduction must be seen in conjunction with the regulatory changes for labor clearances that were introduced on the 1st January this year,” says Nav Director Sigrun Vågeng.
The regulatory changes include, among other things, stricter requirements both for the granting of benefits and for the extended benefit period.
Among the groups who stopped receiving AAP in the fourth quarter last year, 40 percent received disability insurance and 38 percent returned to work six months later.
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