In December 71,100 people were registered as unemployed with NAV , which represents 2.7 percent of the workforce in Norway. Seasonally adjusted figures from NAV show that the number of unemployed fell by 700 people in December. The sum of totally unemployed and job seekers however were unchanged, reported Dagbladet.
– Developments in unemployment has been slightly better than we expected for this year, but we still expect an upturn through next year, says Labor and Welfare Director Joakim Lystad.
Unemployment, measured in number of persons, fell most in construction sector, followed by people without stated occupational backgrounds and industrial workers. Occupations within the engineering and ICT subjects, professionals and brokers and consultants had the largest increase in unemployment, writes NAV.
Since December last year, the decline has been greatest for people with no or unknown occupational backgrounds, with 19 percent. Then followed the profession agriculture, forestry and fishing, with 9 percent.
People from the engineering and ICT subjects has had the largest increase in unemployment over the past year, with 34 percent. This corresponds to 1000 more unemployed in this occupational group than a year ago, according to NAV.
Highest unemployment in Telemark
Compared with last December, unemployment has declined most in Sogn og Fjordane by 17 percent. Then Oppland and Nordland follow, both by 9 percent.
Unemployment has increased most in Rogaland by 19 percent, followed by Telemark with 14 percent.
Sogn og Fjordane had the lowest unemployment rate, 1.6 percent of the workforce. Then Oppland, Troms and Møre og Romsdal follow, all with 2.1 percent. Unemployment was highest in Telemark with 3.4 percent of the workforce. Then Finnmark, Aust-Agder, Oslo and Østfold follow, all with 3.3 percent.