According to the NAV, a total of 360,700 people were receiving disability benefits in Norway at the end of June, an increase of 730 people from March.
The number is also an increase of 3,100 people on disability benefits compared with the same time last year. That means that 10.5% of the population between the ages of 18 and 67 were receiving disability benefits at the end of June.
“The proportion of people on disability benefits has increased over several years, but during the pandemic, the proportion has stabilized. This is mainly due to the fact that more people have had their period of work clearance money extended…” NAV chief Hans Christian Holte stated.
The most disabled people as a percentage of the population were registered in the counties of Agder (14.3%), Nordland (14.0%), and Innlandet (13.9%).
New forecasts from the NAV estimate that there will be 363,600 people on disability benefits by the end of the year and 377,100 people on disability benefits by the end of next year. Measured as a percentage of the population between the ages of 18 and 67, this corresponds to 10.6% and 10.9%.
“The labor market crisis and more long-term unemployment often lead to more people starting to receive health-related benefits, and we expect an increase in the proportion of people on disability benefits towards the end of the year and through 2022,” Holte added.
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