22. Nov 2023
Unemployment at 0.7% in October

The unemployment rate has been below 1% since April 2022.

Unemployed people are registered as unemployed with the Faroese unemployment system and the social welfare services, fully available to the labour market and actively seeking work.

In October, the Faroese unemployment rate was 0.7%, which is equivalent to 223 full-time unemployed people. This is the same rate as in October 2022.

A full-time unemployed person is defined as one who is unemployed throughout a full month. If two persons are affected by unemployment for half a month each, they are converted to one full-time unemployed person for the month in question. In October, 256 people were affected by unemployment.

The trend shows that unemployment has been on a steady decline in recent years. The rate went up slightly in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it has since gone down again.


Same rate for both sexes

Both male and female employees had an unemployment rate of 0.7% in October. This is equivalent to 122 men and 101 women in full-time unemployment. In October 2022, the rates were 0.7% for men and 0.8% for women.

The trend shows that while women have had a higher unemployment rate than men in the past decade, this gap has now closed.


Lowest rate in Vágar and Norðoyggjar

The map below shows the unemployment rates by region. In October, Vágar had the lowest rate at 0.3%, followed by Norðoyggjar at 0.4%. Suðuroy had the highest rate at 1.3%.


Lowest unemployment in age group 45-54

The lowest unemployment was in the 45-54 age group, with a rate of 0.6%. The highest rate (1.1%) was in the 25-34 age group.


12% are long-term unemployed

The graph below shows how long people have been unemployed. In October, 35 people (12.2% of all unemployed people) had been out of work for more than a year. For comparison, 31 people (13.8% of all unemployed people) were long-term unemployed in October 2022.


Unemployment as a concept

Statistics Faroe Islands and other statistics agencies across the world use the definitions of unemployment given by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which is a United Nations agency.

According to this definition, the unemployment rate reflects the proportion of the labour force that does not have a job, is available to the labour market and is actively looking for work.

In the monthly unemployment reports from Statistics Faroe Islands, unemployed people are defined as those who are registered as unemployed with the Faroese unemployment system and the social welfare services and who meet the above definition of unemployment.

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