Danish Unemployment on the Rise

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writer icon Samuel Christiansen     Marten Bjork   |   Culture     🕐 04. May. 2020

On Friday the 1st of May a new pool of Danish people reported losing their jobs as an effect of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Despite corona-death numbers stabilising and Denmark slowly opening up for business again, the Danish businesses are still feeling the effects of COVID19.

Unemployment 2019 vs. 2020
According to the Ministry of Employment, the number of people declaring unemployment on the 1st of May has gone from 3 464 last year to 5 402 this year.

It is to be expected that unemployment will rise on the 1st of every month, as employment contracts usually run out at the end of the month, on the 30th or 31st.

In comparison to the 1st of May, during the previous week 832 people reported losing their jobs.

According to Peter Hummelgaard, Danish Minister of Employment, the high unemployment numbers should be seen in the light of the corona crisis, where businesses and therefore people's jobs are at risk not only in Denmark but worldwide.

Therefore, he does not believe that the development is surprising, Hummelgaard explains to DR.

He adds: "It does not change that it is a huge development."

The number of unemployed has increased by 51 360 people since March 9 2020.

This means that there are currently 182 975 people registered as unemployed in Denmark.

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