Worst unemployment in 14 years

Unemployment in January was 6.6%, meaning that 10.456 people were out of a job on average. The increase from December was 32%. The state broadcasting channel reports that these are the worst unemployment numbers seen in January since 1995 when it was 6.8%.

A year ago unemployment was 1%, or 1.545 people.

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2 Responses to “Worst unemployment in 14 years”


  1. 1 Vilhjalm A. February 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Last week a fish producing company in Hafnafjordur advertised in Frettabladid that they needed process workers (i.e. cuutting up fish). Less than 20 people applied for the jobs. Only 2 of the applicants were Icelandic.
    Icelanders want and need jobs. Just not THOSE kind of jobs — that’s “nigger work”.

  2. 2 Einar Jón February 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Todays numbers are 14.724 unemployed, or approx 9.3%, according to
    http://www.vinnumalastofnun.is/

    That’s a bit worse than in 1995…


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