Norway registers sharp increase in number of unemployed immigrants

Unemployed man NAVPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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A total of 9.5% of immigrants in Norway were completely unemployed in the third quarter of 2020. That is an increase of 4% from the third quarter last year.

In the general population, unemployment rose from 1.7 to 3.2%, new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

In the third quarter, 122,224 people were registered as completely unemployed. 

Out of these, 46,895 were immigrants. 

That means that immigrants accounted for 38.4% of the registered unemployed.

Highest unemployment among African immigrants

African immigrants had the highest unemployment rate, at 14.3%. They’re followed by immigrants from Asia and EU countries in the east, with unemployment rates of 10.7% and 10%, respectively.

The increase in unemployment is largely attributed to the corona crisis, which has affected working life in the form of redundancies and fewer vacancies.

Oslo and Viken were the counties with the highest registered unemployment among immigrants in August, with 10.4% and 10%, respectively. 

The two northernmost counties, Troms and Finnmark and Nordland, had the lowest registered unemployment among immigrants. 

Both counties were a little over 7%.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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