Job Creation

Strong job growth since spring 2021

By the start of 2022 there were over 3 million jobs in the Norwegian economy. The job losses resulting from the pandemic have been largely recovered after strong job growth from spring 2021 onwards. At the start of 2022 growth slowed, but since March 2022 job growth has picked up again.

Accomodation and food services rebounding from the pandemic

Accommodation and food services was one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic, but is now the industry one with the largest jobs increase over the past year.

Taking a longer view, the information and communcations sector has had the strongest job growth over the past three years.

Measures by the totalt number of jobs, health services is by far the largest industry, followed by wholesale and retail trade, education and construction.

All counties experiencing job growth

The number of jobs increased in all counties from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of 2022. The biggest increase was in Oslo, followed by Viken and Rogaland. At municipality level 9 of 10 municipalities had positive job growth over the same time period.

Non-residents returning to the labour market

During the pandemic the number of jobs held by non-residents decreased significantly. As cross-border mobility improved and labour market demand increased, the number of jobs held by non-residents is now closing in on pre-pandemic levels.

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Data on jobs are from Statistic Norway "Number of employments and earnings". New data is published every quarter. Seasonally adjusted number of jobs are published monthly.

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