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Further decrease in unemployment

The unemployment rate in Norway was 3 per cent of the labour force in March 2012. This represents a decrease of 0.3 percentage points compared with December last year.

Employment increased by 19 000 during the same period, Statistics Norway reports.

In neighbouring Denmark, the unemployment rate increased from 7.8 per cent in December 2011 to 8.1 per cent in March 2012. In Sweden, the unemployment rate went down 0.2 percentage points to 7.3 per cent in March.

The unemployment rate in the USA was 8.2 per cent in March, down 0.3 percentage points from December 2011.

Unemployment in the EU15 increased during the same period; from 10.6 to 10.9 per cent. The EU15 is made up of the EU countries prior to the expansions of the union in 2004 and 2007.

The unemployment rate in Norway was 3 per cent of the labour force in March 2012. This represents a decrease of 0.3 percentage points compared with December last year.

Employment increased by 19 000 during the same period, Statistics Norway reports.

In neighbouring Denmark, the unemployment rate increased from 7.8 per cent in December 2011 to 8.1 per cent in March 2012. In Sweden, the unemployment rate went down 0.2 percentage points to 7.3 per cent in March.

The unemployment rate in the USA was 8.2 per cent in March, down 0.3 percentage points from December 2011.

Unemployment in the EU15 increased during the same period; from 10.6 to 10.9 per cent. The EU15 is made up of the EU countries prior to the expansions of the union in 2004 and 2007.

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