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The labour market in October 2010

The unemployment was 7,5% in October or up from 7,1% in Septembe 2010 but down from 7,6% in October 2009. There were in average 12.062 unemployed persons in Iceland in October.

Unemployment by gender:
Unemployment by men was 7,8% in October or up from 7,2% in September 2010 but down from 8% in October 2009. Unemployment by women was 7,2% in October or up from 6,9% in September 2010 and up from 7% in October 2009.

Unemployment by age:
There were 2.168 young (16-24 years) unemployed in October 2010 or up from 1.996 in September 2010 but down from 2.538 in October 2009.

Long-term unemployed:
There were 7.205 unemployed over 6 months in October 2010 or down from 7.270 in September 2010. Those unemployed over 1 year were 4.614 in October 2010 or up from 4.534 in September 2010.

Open vacancies:
There were 315 open vacancies in the end of October 2010 or down from 387 in the end of September 2010.

Granted work permits:
There were 24 new work permits issued in October 2010 or down from 27 in September 2010.

Labour market measures:
There were 3.824 participating in different labour market measures in October 2010.

The unemployment forecast for November 2010:
It is expected that the unemployment will increase in November and be between 7,6%-8%.

News & announcements

16. January 2015

The labour market in December 2014

The registered nemployment in December 2014 was 3,4% or up from 3,3% in November 2014 but down from 4,2% in December 2013.


12. December 2014

The labour market in November 2014

There were in average 5.430 unemployed in November or 3,3% registered unemployment which is up from 3,2% in October or 213 more unemployed.


Payment slips in electronic form

Unemployment payment slips are not sent out in paper through regular mail anymore (from October 2009). They're only displayed electronicly on your personal account at the Directorates of Labour (Vinnumálastofnun) application website and at the Social Insurance (Tryggingastofnun) website  www.tryggur.is/

More information about access to payment slips here



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A specific proviso must be made in the evaluation of the unemployment rate, for example, about 20% included in the number of these figures are receiving part-time benefits.

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