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Sweden leads Nordics' employment rate. Norway is number second but its decline is sharpest of all of them, according to statistics. Figures from Eurostat show an increase in the employment rate for Sweden the last five years. While 79.4 per cent of the working population (aged 20-64) was in a job in both 2011 and 2012, this percentage rose steadily the following three years – to 79.8, 80.0, and 80.5 per cent, respectively.

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Sweden leads Nordics' employment rate

Published on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 at 15:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 3rd October 2016 at 14:57.

Norway is number second but its decline is sharpest of all of them, according to statistics.

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Figures from Eurostat show an increase in the employment rate for Sweden the last five years.

While 79.4 per cent of the working population (aged 20-64) was in a job in both 2011 and 2012, this percentage rose steadily the following three years – to 79.8, 80.0, and 80.5 per cent, respectively.

Norway’s respective percentages remained fairly steady between 2011 and 2014 – 79.6, 79.7, then 79.6 for 2013 and 2014. However, this fell to 79.1 per cent last year – a 0.5 per cent decline, and the largest of the four Nordic Countries surveyed.

The employment rate for Norway also went the opposite direction to that of the EU28 countries’, with this area's percentages rising steadily from 68.6 in 2011, to 70.1 in 2015 (a 1.5 per cent increase in five years).

Denmark’s figures hovered around the 75 per cent mark between 2011 and 2014, at 75.7, 75.4, 75.6, and 75.9 per cent, respectively. This rose by 0.4 per cent last year to 76.5.

Numbers for Finland show an overall fall in this five-year period. These were 73.8, 74, 73.3, 73.1, and 72.9 per cent, respectively.

Norway has been one of the top countries in the world regarding employment rate, having retained its position for several decades, publication Klassekampen reports.

Vibeke Hammer Madsen, CEO of Norway employers’ organisation Virke, thinks this is now “threatened”, and calls for action.

“Our welfare model requires that we have a high percentage [of people] working, and politicians and businesses must analyse what needs to be done to create more jobs,” she said.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs' comment regarding the situation can be read here.



Published on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 at 15:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 3rd October 2016 at 14:57.

This post has the following tags: employment, nordics, jobs, paywall.





  
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