Immigrant jobless rate declines

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The unemployment rate for immigrants in Norway declined last month, but remains three times as high as for Norwegians. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) put it at 5.9 percent, compared to just 1.7 percent for the rest of the population.

News bureau NTB reported that overall unemployment declined by 0.3 percentage points from the third quarter of last year to the same period this year. The decline for immigrants was also three times as high, down 0.9 percentage points from September 30, 2017.

Immigrant men logged the largest decline, falling from 6.8 percent last year to 5.2 percent in the third quarter this year. The decline was largest among immigrants from EU countries in Eastern Europe. Unemployment was highest among immigrants from countries in Africa, at 10.6 percent staff