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Norway — Unemployment figures are the envy of Europe

24 March 2010

The latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Norway (SSB) reveals that adjusted unemployment remained unchanged from October to January. The unemployment rate of 3.3 per cent constitutes 85, 000 unemployed persons.

In comparison, seasonally-adjusted figures for those registered unemployed with the Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV), and persons on government initiatives to promote employment, rose by about 2 000 from October to January. These figures have also been adjusted for seasonal variations.

There were only small changes in employment from October 2009 to January 2010. Employment increased by 3 000 persons, which is within the error margin.

The statistics only include persons who are registered as residents in the population register. Persons working in Norway who are not registered as permanent residents or who are planning to stay for less than six months are not included in the employment figures.

To read the full Labour Force Survey in Norwegian language please click here



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