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The labour market in January 2011

The unemployment in January 2011 was 8,5% or in average 13.458 which is up from December 2010 with 8% unemployment.

Unemployment by gender
Unemployment by men was 9,1% or up from 8,5% in December 2010 but down from 9,9% in January 2010.  Unemployment by women was 7,7% or up from 7,3% in December 2010 but down from 7,9% in January 2010.

Unemployment by age
There were 2.670 young (16-24 years) unemployed in January 2011 or up from 2.377 in December 2010 but down from 3.080 in January 2010.

Unemployment by length
There were 7.205 long-term unemployed in January 2011 or down from 7.221 in December 2010.  Those unemployed over 1 year were 4.794 or up from 4.696 in December 2010. 

Open vacancies
There were 185 open vacancies in January 2011 or up from 147 in December 2010.

Granted work permits
There were 24 new work permits issued in January 2011 or up from 14 in December 2010.

The unemployment forecast for February 2011
It is expected that the unemployment will increase in February 2011 and be between 8,6%-8,9%.

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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