Nearly 70,000 Norwegians have been unemployed for over a year

Unemployed man NAVPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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A total of 68,200 people in Norway have been unemployed for more than a year. That is twice as many as during the financial crisis in 2008, according to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).

The number is also higher than during the worst period of the fall in oil prices in 2014, Fri fagbevegelse writes.

“It is extra challenging to get the long-term unemployed back into working life. 

“We now see that the economy is picking up again and that the labor market is recovering, and people are getting jobs, but this applies to a lesser extent to the long-term unemployed,” Roger Bjørnstad stated.

Those who have been unemployed for more than six months are considered long-term unemployed.

A total of 99,400 people are long-term unemployed, and the proportion increased from 11% in March 2020 to 70% in August. 

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

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