First mass layoff since August
It was the eighth mass layoff reported so far this year, following two in February, one in April, two in June, and two in August.
A mass lay-off is counted as ten or more redundancies in 30 days at an employer that usually has 20-100 workers, ten percent or more of the workforce at employers that usually have 100-300 employees, or 30 or more people at employers larger than 300.
The registered unemployment rate in Iceland was 4.9 percent in October. The figures for November have not yet been released, though Unnur says she feels the situation probably got slightly better in November, rather than worse. There were a lot of new appointments in the hospitality sector, for example, following a wave of lay-offs last year.
“There will probably be some more appointments there in December,” Unnur says. “The hospitality sector has recovered a lot.”