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Norway - National Level

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Highest unemployment in tourism and transport

In March 2020, there was an increase in the number of completely unemployed within three occupational groups. These are tourism and transport, service occupations and other work, and education, which received, respectively, 2 300, 1 000 and 200 more completely unemployed. For all other occupational groups, the number of completely unemployed decreased from March to April. Measured in number of people, the decline was greatest in retail and sales work, with 11 900 people. 

This must be seen in connection with the fact that the number of partially unemployed in shops and sales work at the beginning of the coronavirus period increased by 8 200 people. The number of partially unemployed has increased in all occupational groups except education and tourism and transport compared with the end of March to April, and for most occupational groups this increase is also greater than the decrease in the number of completely unemployed.

At the end of April, the number of completely unemployed as a share of the workforce was highest in tourism and transport with 27.0 per cent of the workforce, and lowest in academic professions with 2.3 per cent of the workforce.

Highest unemployment in Oslo

During April, as expected, there were fewer completely unemployed in all counties compared with the explosive increase in March.  The counties with the largest decline in unemployment were Møre and Romsdal (16 %) and Agder (14 %). At the same time as the number of completely unemployed fell across the country, the number of partially unemployed increased in all counties, and in most counties this increase was greater than the decrease in the number of completely unemployed. It was Møre and Romsdal (65 %) and Oslo (55 %) that registered the greatest increase in the number of partially unemployed in the period in question.  

The share of the completely unemployed as a percentage of the workforce was highest in Oslo at 12.5 per cent, and lowest in Nordland at 7.7 per cent.

Fewer jobseekers under the age of 25

During April, the number of completely unemployed in all age groups fell compared with March. The decrease in the number of completely unemployed was greatest in the age group 50 to 59, with 7 300 fewer completely unemployed. At the same time, there was a sharp increase in the number of partially unemployed for all age groups compared with March. 

The status for the end of April was that the number of partially unemployed increased most among those between 50 and 59, followed by the age group 40 to 49, with 11 900 and 11 300 people respectively. Among those under the age of 25, however, the number of partially unemployed has increased less than the decline in the number of completely unemployed, and there are 8 900 fewer jobseekers in this age group than in March.

At the end of April, unemployment was still highest for those between the ages of 20 and 24, representing 15.2 per cent of the workforce. Unemployment was lowest in the over-60 age group, with 6.5 per cent.

 

Text last edited on: 10/2020


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