NAV: Number of job seekers in Norway fell by 2,100 in April

NAVPhoto: Morten Holm / Scanpix

At the end of April, 202,600 fully unemployed workers, partially unemployed workers, and job seekers were registered for measures at the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV). That is 2,100 fewer than at the end of March.

A total of 202,600 people are registered as job seekers, which makes up 7.2% of the workforce, the NAV stated.

“In recent weeks, both national and regional infection control measures have been eased, and this has led to a decrease in the number of job seekers registered at the NAV,” NAV chief Hans Christian Holte noted.

A total of 113,300 people were registered as completely unemployed at the end of April, which constitutes 4.0% of the labor force.

Gross unemployment, which is the sum of the completely unemployed and job seekers on measures, amounted to 131,400 people, or 4.6% of the labor force.

In addition, 71,100 people were registered as partially unemployed.

Retail and sales

In the last month, the number of job seekers has fallen the most for people with a background in retail and sales, with 1,100 people.

“The decline must be seen in connection with the fact that it has been possible to reopen shops and shopping centers in several municipalities recently, as lower infection rates affected relief for some of the infection measures in many places,” Holte explained.

At the end of April, the proportion of completely unemployed workers was highest in tourism and transport, with 12.3% of the labor force, and lowest in education with 1.0%.

Largest decline in Viken

Adjusted for normal seasonal variations, the number of job seekers has fallen or remained unchanged in all counties.

According to the NAV figures, the decline was greatest in Viken, with 900 fewer job seekers due to fewer partially unemployed workers.

The number of completely unemployed people has fallen most in Vestfold and Telemark, but at the same time, the number of partially unemployed has increased.

The share of the completely unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force is highest in Oslo, at 6.2%, and lowest in Nordland at 2.6%.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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