71,500 were out of work in Norway at trhe end of January. This is a drop by 12 per cent since January last year. The unemployment rate in Norway is now at 2.8 per cent, the lowest in Europe.
At the same time there is an increasing demand for employees, NRK reports. In January, 25,900 vacancies were announced
- This shows that Norway so far has been little affected by the economic crisis in Europe, says Labour Minister Hanne Bjurstrøm, but adds that it is naíve to believe that this can continue.
She says the figures first and foremost show that we have a solid economy in Norway, but we must not believe that the unemployment rate will continue to drop, when the rest of Europe are struggling with major problems.