The unemployment rate in Iceland measured 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2009, according to Statistics Iceland. On average, 16,000 people were without jobs. Unemployment measured 10.6 percent among men and 7.2 percent among women.
Construction workers in Iceland in 2004. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Unemployment is most common among the youngest group of workers: 21.9 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds are unemployed, visir.is reports.
In the second quarter of 2008, 5,700 workers were registered as unemployed, or 3.1 percent. The number of people without jobs has thus increased by 10,900 in April, May and June of 2009 compared to the same period last year.
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