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Decreased labour force participation

Labour force participation decreased from the 1st quarter of 2016 to the 1st quarter of 2017. The decrease applied to both men and women, and was mainly among those aged 15-24.

Lowest net immigration in ten years

Net immigration to Norway in 2016 was 3 700 lower than the previous year due to the particularly high level of emigration. There were also major changes in the net immigration composition, with far more arriving from Asia, especially Syria, and far fewer arriving from Europe.

Unemployment at 4.3 per cent

Adjusted for seasonal variations, there were 120 000 unemployed persons in February. This corresponded to 4.3 per cent of the labour force.

Increased external trade in goods

Exports in goods amounted to NOK 79.7 billion in March, a rise of nearly 30 percent compared to the same month in 2016. Increased exports of crude oil and fish, as well as higher natural gas prices, were decisive. Imports of goods increased by nearly 13 percent, ending at NOK 57.0 billion.