Labour market in the northern part of Norway

The northern part of Norway is characterized with long distances, and depopulation. Only 470 000 thousands inhabitants are living in the three northern counties. The three counties are: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. The main sectors in the economic are industry, fishing and tourism.

The unemployment rate has decreased in Troms and Nordland since 2009. In April 2012,  2,8% of the labour force was unemployed in Nordland (this is above the national average of 2,6%). In Troms the unemployment rate was below the national level, and only 2,4 prosent were unemployed.  The sectors that were struggling most under the financial crisis are the ones who are experience the most increase of employees. The industry sector was hardly affected in 2008, and now this is one of the sector which are facing the biggest growth in employees.  Also construction and transportation sector are increasing their number of employees. However in Finnmark the rate has increased, and the level of unemployed are 3,2%. This is caused by businesses shouting down particularly in the service industry.

The labour market is predicted to have a bright future in the north of Norway, hence to findings of oil and gas in the area, and an increasing industry sector will make it possible  create new jobs in the future. Many working immigrates, and population growth in the area is also factors that will help the labour market.


Spain has more unemployed people than nearly all the inhabitants in Norway! Spain Introduces more cuts!

Semester fee increases at universities and an end to free medication for pensioners is just some of the cuts when the Spanish government introduces new measures to reduce the budget deficit.

The proposal to cut 7 billion euros in the health budget will be a red rag to many since Rajoy promised in the campaign to defend pensioners’ purchasing power. With the new plan, however, pensioners rely on to pay a deductible of 10 percent for part of their medicines.

Today, no one pays for doctor visits, while all except pensioners must pay a deductible for drugs, which is now increased from 40 to 60 percent.

According to government estimates represent pensioners’ share of three quarters of the 11 billion euro drugs cost the country

The tuition fee increases

The government will save an additional 3 billion on education budget. It shall do this by approving the increase in class size and raise school fees by 50 percent.

The budget deficit in Spain last year came up in 8.5 percent of GDP, but the government must reduce this to 5.3 percent next year to fulfill the agreement with the EU.

So far announced savings of 27.3 billion euros, which is achieved through cuts and tax increases.

The unemployment in Spain

The number of unemployed people in Spain in about 4,42 million and rising. That’s close to the 5 million inhabitants Norway has! Crazy!!

Young people are affected: In Spain, particularly young people affected by the bad times. The Spanish system provides unemployed people entitled to social benefits after you have lost you job, however it might be too little for a family!

Gets 400 Euros a month:

Mariano Rajoy enhanced the giving on Friday and is now 400 euros a month to those who have been unemployed for over two years.

I think it’s getting really scary for Spain! Over 200 families are thrown on the streets every day; unemployment among young people is around 40 %. There is a desperate situation of young people in Spain, but also countries like Italy, Greece and Portugal- who also are a concrete result of the debt crisis that’s raging in Europe.  



International Labour Market


The International Labour Organization (ILO) believes 202 million people in the world will be unemployed in 2012, an increase of six million from last year.

According to a new ILO report, the economic austerity measures and reforms in the labor market had very negative consequences for the global employment. The organization warns of the danger of unrest if the various governments are unable to combine austerity with the creation of new jobs.

The strategy of cutbacks and regulations were expected to lead to more growth. It has not happened, says Raymond Torres, Director of ILO’s Institute for Studies in the international labor market.

In Norway the 1st of May speech performed by our Prime Minister; Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the concerns of Spain Economy which is now worse than before. “The danger of economic crisis in Europe is far from over” He warned against growing unemployment in several European countries, and called the rising unemployment for the real crisis. (I found that very true!)

According to the ILO report, around 50 million jobs have disappeared since the financial crisis!


  •  It all started out with bailing out banks, then to saving countries with giving them enormous sums of money, but now we need to help the people! Something has to be done to get people into work!




Stable employment in Buskerud (a County in Norway)

(This is updated as of the end of April 2012)

In Buskerud there are now 3 567 registered unemployed persons and that is a decline of 6 % compared with April last year. 2.6 % of the labor force is unemployed in Buskerud.

The decline in unemployment in the construction industry continues. There are now 427available in the industry, and compared with April 2011, unemployment decreased by 175 persons. There is a decline of 29 %. In addition, in April there were announced 56 new jobs in construction. Taking this to consideration there are now 446 registered unemployed in the industry, which is a decrease of 24 persons compared to the same month last year. It has been a positive development in these industries.

Decrease in all age groups
there has been a decline in all age groups, and the group 50-59 years have the largest percentage decline by 11 %. Then follows the age groups 19 years and under and 40-49 years, both with a decrease of 8 %. The Number of long-term unemployed people is now 889, and there is an increase of 51 from the previous year (6 percent).

Key facts in Buskerud (April)
There are 3,567 registered unemployed in Buskerud. This represents 2.6 percent of the labor force and 6 percent fewer than in April last year (219 people). There was a decline of men at 9 per cent, while for women, a decline of 2 percent. Number of ordinary labor amounted to 890 persons. There are 100 fewer than at the same time last year. NAV Buskerud registered 818 new vacancies in April. Number of unemployed in the age group 16-24 years is 621.  




The situation in the labor market in Norway

The Norwegian economy is considered to be one of the most stabile in Europe. The country faced the crisis without any big problems and within 2010 the economy was back to the level before the crisis. While other countries are struggling with high unemployment, financial uncertainties, immigrants without qualifications and a degreasing labor force; Norway is in many areas facing the opposite.

The labor market in Norway is in a unique position. The labor force is 2 629 000 millions (people between the ageing group 15-74) and the employment rate is 71,4%, which is a decrease from the previous years.  In 2008 the percentage was 73,9%. The average unemployment rate in the last 20 years has been around 4,5%. However the rate was in 2011 3,3%  which is quite low in international and national context. In the beginning of 2012 the unemployment rate is still much lower (around 3,5%) compared to other countries like Germany (orange), France (light blue), Sweden (yellow), Denmark (blue), and USA (green).




unemployment rate is predicted to be around the same as in 2011, and in 2013 the rate will fall to 3,2%.

The demand after employees in sectors like oil, gas and construction will increase in the next years, which will lead to a growth in the employment rate. Another important aspect with the Norwegian labor market is the growth in the immigrants coming to Norway with the purpose to work. Although Norway is not a member of the European Union, there are coming thousands every year looking for a job. Norway has close relations with the union through a membership in the European Economic Area and therefore it is committed to put in force many of the EU legislation to get access to the single market. Citizens of the European Union have the same possibility and the same rights for working in Norway as in any other member of the union. Therefore studies shows that in 2012 the employment rate will increase with 1,5% from the level of 2011, and in 2013 the rate will increase even more.

Norway – best country in the world to live in!

ANO recognized Norway as the best country in the world to live in.
In the 20th century Norway developed as a country with really strong economy. Since 1970 a crucial role in the Norwegian economy has been offshore oil industry. Only 21% of Norway’s land is used economically.

In recent years, the total amount of the workforce has stabilized. The country has 2,0-2,1 million employed people. Since 1980th women employment rates were increasing until now has remained high. Norway’s job market is a substantial number of underemployed people. Nearly half of the number of women and about 10% of all men work fewer than 36 hours per week.

Norway has recently won first place in the U.S. business magazine Forbes „European labor markets in rating” as a country where is the best chance of working. For Europe’s best job markets, Forbes recognized the non-EU countries (Norway is not a European Union (EU) member, but participates in the EU single market in the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement State – a contract between the EU Member States and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries) Norway and Switzerland, where, for Economic Cooperation and Development Organization, is currently without a job is only of 3.2% and 4.2% of working-age population.

Due to the high income taxes and the VAT amount  Norway is one of Europe’s more generous unemployment benefit systems, and the average unemployed person receives 33.6% of their past salary as opposed to, for example, the U.S. and Britain, where the rate is 13.6% and 12.1 %. However, it seems that the most important thing is how Norway uses state funds to help the unemployed return to the labor market. The Nordic countries this is an expensive but effective active labor market program, which helps the unemployed labor market to recover by passing the training, assisted job search and obtaining the opportunity to work in subsidized jobs.

Allocation of NOK 200 mln (~22,5 mln eur) to poor countries affected by the financial crisis.

The Norwegian Government proposes an additional allocation for countries that are least equipped to meet the financial crisis.

In the Revised National Budget, the Government proposes an allocation of NOK 200 million (~22,5 mln eur) to address the negative consequences of the financial crisis in poor countries. These funds will be channelled via the development budget to the countries that are most poorly equipped to meet the crisis.

“It is the rich countries that have created the financial crisis,” commented Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. “As a result, up to 90 million people may be plunged into poverty this year. These funds will be used to help those who are in most need.”

According to the World Bank, Africa will be hardest hit by the financial crisis. Norway’s funding will also be used to support particularly vulnerable groups such as refugees and internally displaced persons.

“Unemployment and additional pressure on states that are already weak will primarily affect the most vulnerable, such as displaced people and refugees,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre. “This could lead to unrest and threaten stability in vulnerable countries that are emerging from conflict.”

The allocation will be distributed as follows:

• NOK 60 million to countries in Africa.
• NOK 50 million to the World Bank’s efforts to address the financial crisis in poor countries.
• NOK 40 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
• NOK 30 million to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
• NOK 20 million to the World Food Programme.

In addition, the Government will increase its funding to UNICEF by NOK 50 million to a total of NOK 450 million.