Information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.

A webpage intended to provide information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations is now available at the covid.is website. The site contains information regarding registering to receive an invitation to be vaccinated, and how the invitations are delivered to and received by the recipient. The information is in several languages: Icelandic, English, Polish, Lithuanian, Thai, Spanish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Arabic, Kurdish and Persian. For more information click here.

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The labour market in April 2021

The total unemployment rate decreased from 12,1% in March to 11,5% in April.   The general unemployment decreased from 11,0% in March to 10,4% in April  and the reduced unemployment rate was 1,1% in April or the same as in March.

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The labour market in March 2021

The total unemployment rate decreased from 12,5% in Febrary to 12,1% in March.   The number of unemployed thus decreased by 568 between February 2021 and March 2021. The general unemployment decreased from 11,4% in Febrary to 11,0% in March and the reduced unemployment rate was 1,1% in March or the same as in February.

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The labour market in February 2021

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The labour market in January 2021

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The labour market in December 2020

The total unemployment rate increased slowly from 12,0% in November to 12,1% in December. The general unemployment increased from 10,6% in November to 10,7% in December and the reduced unemployment rate was unchanged from November or 1,4%.

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Regarding the amendments to the six-month income-related unemployment benefit entitlement.

Parliament has approved amendments to the legislation on unemployment insurance which moves the six-month validity period of income-related benefits from the 1st of September 2020 to the 1st of June 2020. This means that jobseekers who had not fully utilised their income-related benefit period in June, July or August 2020 are entitled immediately to the six-month period instead of three months.

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The labour market in November 2020

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Restricted opening of service center in Reykjavík

The Directorate of Labour’s service center in Reykjavík will open on Wednesday the 16th of December.

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Do you want to study for one semester while unemployed?

The Directorate of Labour offers job seekers that have been unemployed for 6 months, to study full-time for one semester while receiving unemployment benefits. The initiative is called Opportunity in Education (Nám er tækifæri).

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December bonus for jobseekers.

Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister of Social Affairs and Children, has signed a regulation regarding the December bonus payment to jobseekers who are insured within the unemployment insurance system.

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The labour market in October

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Additional grant to study Icelandic this fall semester

The Directorate of Labour offers an additional 100% grant for Icelandic course this fall semester 

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The labour market in September

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Directorate of Labour Service Centers closed from the 5th of October

As of the 5th of October, all Directorate of Labour service centers will be closed due to the COVID-19 virus.This due to security measures in place to ensure the payment of unemployment benefits to jobseekers.

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The labour market in August

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Learning Icelandic fall 2020 in the Capital area

The Directorate of Labour will refund in full (100%) one Icelandic course for each jobseeker this fall semester.

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The labour market in July 2020

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The labour market in June 2020

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Directorate of Labour Service Centers closed from the 31th of July.

Directorate of Labour Service Centers closed from the 31th of July.

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