Number of unemployed workers in Norway fell by 18,500 in September

NAVPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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Unemployment in Norway fell by 18,500 in September. 

At the end of the month, 197,915 people were unemployed, according to figures from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV).

That makes up just over 7% of the Norwegian labor force. 

A total of 117,800 people were registered as completely unemployed or jobseekers on support measures, while 80,100 people were partially unemployed.

Out of the completely unemployed, 25,600 people were registered as laid off.

Unemployment on the decline

“Unemployment continued to decline in September. Once again, it was mainly due to a decline in the number of redundancies. This month, unemployment is falling in all counties and the vast majority of occupational groups,” NAV Director Hans Christian Holte pointed out.

The proportion of completely unemployed workers is highest in Oslo, where 4.9% of the labor force belongs to this category.

It’s the lowest in Nordland, with just 2.6%. 

In all counties, the proportion of the completely unemployed has fallen in the last month, but the percentage decline is most significant in Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark, with as much as 18%.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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