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Rogaland unemployment nears 5%. Norway's so-termed oil county is currently experiencing 20-year unemployment high as joblessness in Norway continues to increase, January figures show. 12,621 people (4.9 per cent of the workforce) are now completely without a job in Rogaland County. The figures, which are the highest in the country (percentage-wise), also show that it is mostly Rogaland County-based men in this category – 8,510, or 6.2% of the workforce.

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Rogaland unemployment nears 5%

Published on Friday, 29th January, 2016 at 16:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st February 2016 at 07:41.

Norway's so-termed oil county is currently experiencing 20-year unemployment high as joblessness in Norway continues to increase, January figures show.

Coastline of Rogaland
Coastline of Rogaland
Photo: Ranveig/Wikimedia Commons


12,621 people (4.9 per cent of the workforce) are now completely without a job in Rogaland County.

The figures, which are the highest in the country (percentage-wise), also show that it is mostly Rogaland County-based men in this category – 8,510, or 6.2% of the workforce.

And as January 2016 draws to a close, the number of unemployed women in the county, who make up 3.5% of the workforce, is 4,111.

Worst-hit are 20 to 29-year-olds and those between 30 and 39.

3,590 people between the ages of 20 and 29, and 3,694 30 to 39-year-olds are currently without employment.

A knock-on effect

“Unemployment continues to rise in counties with many people who are employed in oil-related industries, whereas we observe more of a stable increase in the rest of the country,” NAV director Sigrun Vågeng says in a statement.

December 2015 to January 2016 has seen the unemployment rate in Rogaland increase by 1,666 people.

Truls Nordahl, director for NAV Rogaland is in no doubt that the current situation is “demanding.”

“Unemployment normally rises at the turn-of-the-year due to normal seasonal variations,” he tells The Foreigner in an email.

“But now it coincides with more companies having warned of reduced turnover from their oil-related business, as well as in industry and construction. We can clearly see this reflected in an increase in the number of unemployed people.”

Rogaland County’s unemployment rate has risen by 79% year-on-year, and is now the highest-ever for two decades, NAV says.

Some regional differences

The second and third-highest workforce unemployment figures can be found in the counties of Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder – at 4.7 and 4.2%, respectively.

With respective year-on-year rises of 27 and 26%, this now puts the numbers of jobless people at 2,713 (4.7% of the workforce), and 3,946 (4.2% of the workforce).

Telemark County comes fourth with 3,481 people (4% of the workforce, with a 0% year-on-year change).

Fifth-highest is Finnmark County. 1,539 (or 3.9%) of the workforce has no job. The year-on-year change is 6%.

Oslo has 13,245 jobless people (3.6% of the workforce), a change of 0% compared with the same time last year.

The national workforce unemployment rate is now at 3.4% – or 93,284 people. It was 3% at the same time last year, which means that the rise is 13% year-on-year.

Engineers, construction staff, IT personnel, brokers, and consultants are worst-affected by the current labour market situation.



Published on Friday, 29th January, 2016 at 16:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st February 2016 at 07:41.

This post has the following tags: unemployment, oil, benefits, welfare, jobs, economy, paywall.





  
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