NAV chief thinks tens of thousands of Norwegians could be laid off

Hans Christian HoltePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The lockdowns in 25 municipalities in Eastern Norway has already led to layoffs. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration’s (NAV) chief Hans-Christian Holte believes the numbers could become higher than in November.

“We do not know how big this will be, but it can quickly become somewhat larger than in November,” Holte told E24, referring to the so-called second corona wave before Christmas.

He says that the NAV’s assessment is that several tens of thousands may be laid off but notes that it is too early to tell whether there will be 20,000, 30,000, or more.

The NAV will publish updated figures on Tuesday. The figures are likely to show the direct results of the government’s closure of Eastern Norway.

Layoffs announced

Shops in the entire Oslo region have been closed due to the outbreak of the mutated coronavirus, and major layoffs have been announced. 

As a result of the lockdown, the store chain Nille, among others, has announced that around 300 of their employees in their 80 closed stores will be laid off.

Kid Interiør is also laying off around 300 people in its 38 stores. Elkjøp is closing 27 stores in the same area but has only announced possible layoffs.

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