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Norway's unemployment rises for the first time in 7 months

OSLO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Norway’s overall rate of unemployment rose to 6.7% last week from 6.6% at the end of October as new measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic led to more furloughs of workers, the Labour and Welfare Agency said on Tuesday.

It was the first increase un unemployment since April, NAV said.

The overall number, which includes people working reduced hours while seeking full employment, is down from a record 15.4% in early April, when a shutdown of parts of the economy resulted in mass layoffs.

In February, the last month of regular economic activity before the first round of lockdowns began, unemployment had stood at 3.7%.

The Norwegian government announced emergency shutdowns of many public and private institutions in mid-March, sending the economy into a tailspin, before starting a gradual lifting.

But last week Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced new measures to contain the virus as infections rose. (Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Gwladys Fouche)