A total of 8,100 new people were registered as unemployed in January, according to the latest figures from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV).
During January, the number of job seekers increased once again, after a decline in December.
Much of the increase is due to natural seasonal variations, as many employment contracts end in December, NAV chief Hans Christian Holte noted.
In January, 201,400 people were registered as completely unemployed, partially unemployed, and job seekers at the NAV.
A total of 124,000 people were registered as completely unemployed at the end of January, which constitutes 4.4% of the labor force.
Gross unemployment, which is the sum of the completely unemployed and job seekers on measures, amounted to 138,800 people – or 4.9% of the labor force.
In addition, 62,600 people were registered as partially unemployed.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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