There Is No National Unemployment Crisis in Norway

Talking to VG, Hauglie said the ministry will present new measures for the revised national budget next week. 

In this frame, they plan to add 1000 new jobs to 4000 annual target. Also Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) will have extra fund for training of the unemployed.

Despite the revision in unemployment plans, Hauglie does not think that there is a real unemployment crisis in Norway.

– There is not a national unemployment crisis in Norway. We have a two-tier labor market on both geography and gender; most areas and sectors are going well, but especially men and especially Western Norway are struggling because they are most affected by the problems of oil and oil-service industry. Our actions target the regions suffering the most, says she.

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She also notes that there are other good signals for employment in Norway: There is great demand for labor in many parts of the country. There is 11 percent increase in announced vacant positions at NAV and companies report that they have plans to hire more this year than last year. But it will be tough for many unemployed, as we are in a difficult situation. We are therefore increasing efforts to get them back to work, adds she.

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