Highest employment rate since 2012

The share of the working-age population that are employed rose to above 70% during the first half of 2022. The employment rate is now at its highest level since 2012. In particular, younger age groups have seen a strong rise in the employment rate during 2021 and the first half of 2022.

Norway has a high employment rate compared to other countries

The employment rate in Norway is currently almost 10 percentage points above the EU average. Norway has the third highest employment rate for women, at a level of 11 percentage points higher than the EU average.

Stable temporary employment rate

Just of 8% of employees are temporary employed. The level is more or less the same as 2012 (looking at the same quarter).

The temporary employment rate is almost three times as high for younger age groups. Data for the second quarter of the past ten years shows that the youth temporary employment rate reached above 30 percent in Q2 of 2021, but decreased back to 24 percent in Q2 of 2022.

Temporary employment rates vary significantly between countries, and reflects different labour market policies and regulations. Norway is one of the countries in Europe with the lowest temporary unemployment rates.

About the data and terms of use

Data on employment are from Statistics Norway "Labour force survey seasonally-adjusted figures".  New data are published monthly as a three-month moving average.

International data on employment are from Eurostat.

Data on temporary employment are from Statistics Norway "Labour force survey". New data are published quarterly.

International data on temporary employment are from Eurostat.

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