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The labour market in December 2006 and in the year 2006

Unemployment by gender

The unemployment by men was 0,9% in December and 1,5% by women.

Unemployment by region

The most unemployment was 3% in the Reykjanesregion but only 0,6% in  West Iceland, as well as in the Westfjords and East Iceland.

Unemployment by age

In December 2006 there were 17% of all unemployed in the age 16-24 year, or 356 but 522 in December 2005.  In 2006 as an average 18% of all unemployed were in the age 16-24.  In 2005 the average number was 21% of all unemployed so unemployment of young people has decreased considerable.

Unemployment by length

In December 2006 there were 566 unemployed without a job for a period longer than 6 months or 27% but 23% or 606 in December 2005.  In 2006 as an average 27% of all unemployed had been without a job for a longer period than 6 months but 30% in 2005 and 31% in 2004. 

Open vacancies

There was a continuing decline of open vacancies in December 2006 or 218 in the end of December 2006 but 289 in the end of November 2006.  In the end of December 2005 there were 573 open vacancies.

Granted work permits

In December 2006 there were issued 48 new temporary work permits, 502 new registrations from the new EU states and 719 were registrated through temporary work agencies.

In 2006 about 7.660 foreign citizens have been registrated in the Icelandic labour market and other 3.800 are expected to bee in the Icelandic labour market but have not yet received id-number.

The unemployment forecast for January 2007

The unemployment situation usually becomes worse in January due to seasonal reasons.  It is expected that unemployment will be in the interval 1-1,4% in January 2007

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7. May 2015

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Norræna félagið í samstarfi við Halló Norðurlönd og EURES - evrópska vinnumiðlun standa fyrir upplýsingafundum um flutning til Noregs, Svíþjóðar og Danmerkur.

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EURES evrópsk vinnumiðlun í Noregi í samstarfi við EURES á Íslandi stendur fyrir starfakynningu mánudaginn 23. mars 2015 frá kl. 15:00 - 20:00 í fundarsal á jarðhæð Centerhotel Plaza við Aðalstræti 4.


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