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More Optimism Among the Unemployed in Iceland

According to a recent poll, conducted on behalf of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor (ASÍ), people who are currently out of work are more optimistic about finding a new job in Iceland than in a comparable poll undertaken one year ago.

A construction site in Iceland in 2008. Many construction workers lost their jobs after the crisis hit. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The survey, which was carried through in December 2009, concluded that 80 percent of those who are unemployed are looking for work in Iceland, as opposed to heading out of the country or planning to study instead, Morgunbladid reports.

In December 2008, that ratio was 53 percent, while last summer 65 percent of those unemployed said they were looking for work in Iceland.

Last December three percent of unemployed workers said they were planning to leave the country—that ratio was 13 percent both in December 2008 and last summer.

If these numbers are looked at in more detail, it turns out that more men than women are eager to search for work in foreign countries, as are people with a university degree rather than other groups of workers, and Reykjavík residents rather than people from the countryside, ASÍ revealed.

The survey was conducted December 14-28, 2009. A total of 1,184 people were contacted and the response rate was 60.8 percent.

Click here to read more about unemployment in Iceland.

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