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Norway: Increase in unemployment among persons with higher education

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Staff Writer | January 28, 2017
The number of registered unemployed with a tertiary education increased by 8 percent, or 1 187 people, from November 2015 to November 2016. The increase was mainly in eastern and western Norway.
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Registered unemployment among those with a higher education increased the most in Vestfold, followed by Rogaland and Hordaland. Nationally, there was a particularly strong increase among those with a tertiary education of more than four years duration.

For those with a lower secondary education as their highest education, the unemployment rate experienced a 6 percent decline from November 2015 to November 2016, of 1 563 people.

There was also a slight decrease in unemployment among those with a secondary level education, at almost 1 percent, or 206 people. Overall unemployment fell by 1.3 percent, or 1 004 people, from November 2015 to November 2016.

Hordaland had the greatest unemployment rate increase from November 2015 to November 2016, with 13 percent, or 1 077 people. For those with a long tertiary education, the increase was 25 percent.

Among those with a secondary level education, growth was 17 percent, compared to 12 percent among the unemployed with a short tertiary education.

Rogaland had the second highest growth in unemployment rates, with 11 percent, or 1 175 people. The greatest growth occurred among those with a long tertiary education and was 34 percent. Unemployment among those with a short tertiary education grew by 19 percent.

The increase in unemployment among those with a higher education should be seen in the context of reductions in personnel in oil-related industries, where education levels are relatively high.

Although some counties had strong growth in unemployment from November 2015 to November 2016, most counties had a decline. Telemark had the greatest decline, with 20 percent, or 594 people.

For the unemployed with education at primary and secondary school level, there was a decline of 22 percent in Telemark, while those with a long university education saw a 10 percent decrease.

Five counties had an increase in unemployment: the western counties of Hordaland, Rogaland and Møre og Romsdal, as well as Vestfold and Troms. In the other counties, unemployment fell from November 2015 to November 2016.

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