The labour market in January 2017
Registered unemployment was 3,0% in January 2017 or up from 2,3% í December 2016, and up from 2,9% in January 2016. There were in average 5.200 unemployed in January 2017 or up with 1.281 from December 2016.
Unemployment by gender:
The unemployment by men was 2,7% in January 2017, or up from 2,0% in December 2016. The unemployment by women was 3,4% in January 2017 or up from 2,7% in December 2016.
The unemployment by young people:
There were 773 young, aged 18-24 years unemployed in January 2017 or up from 570 in December 2016 but down from 831 in January 2016.
The long term unemployed:
There were 915 long term unemployed (over 1 year) in January 2017 or up from 905 in December 2016.
There were 178 open vacancies at the end of January 2017, but during January companies had 234 open vacancies.
There were 41 new work permits issued in January 2017 or up with 16 new work permits from December 2016.
The unemployment forecast for February 2017:
The seamen´s strike ended in the second half of February. It is expected that the unemployment figures in February 2017 will be influenced by this strike and will be between 3,0% and 3,3%.