Unemployment figures bucked the winter trend by dipping slightly between the winter months, and has gone down considerably since the same time last year.
Vísir reports that unemployment took a 0.1% drop between December and January, to 7.2% for the country as a whole. Unemployment figures typically climb slightly during the winter.
Most of the job availability would seem to be in the capital area, where unemployment dropped by 313 people; at the same time, it increased in the countryside by five people. Unemployment continues to be highest in the southwest region of Suðurnes, at 12.5%, and lowest in the northwest, at 2.8%. Unemployment is also higher among men (7.5%) than women (6.8%).
RÚV reports that at this time last year, unemployment was at 8.5%, marking an annual decline of 1.3%.
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