Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School
Erhvervsfrekvens i Grønland
Abstract: Participation rate on the Greenland labour market:
situation of year 2000. A goal is that a large part of the population of
normal working age is employed. The participation rate is one of the
statistics used to describe the performance of the economy in this respect.
Two sources are used to arrive at an estimate of the rate both for
Greenland in general and for four regions defined by four so called growth
towns: Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat and Qaqortoq. They are Statistic
Greenland’s publications on employment and on unemployment. There are some
difficulties using the available data: the employment and unemployment
surveys refer to periods whereas the potential workforce is counted at a
date. Furthermore persons with yearly income below an arbitrary limit of
40.000 DKK are sorted out even though they should contribute to the number
of full year employed. The participation rate is found to be much higher in
Nuuk than in the other regions. For Greenland as such the number is in line
with figures for Western Europe and North America. Characteristics of
people not in the work force are looked for. To some extent a connection
exists to the number people receiving pension as disabled, people in
education, and those on leave because of childbirth, but the relation is
imperfect and great differences are seen between regions.
Keywords: Greenland; labour market; employment; unemployment; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H00; (follow links to similar papers)
16 pages, September 8, 2006
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