More jobs in Greater Copenhagen region

Municipalities that lag behind should focus on attracting more families with kids, says expert

Employment rate in Denmark increased by 3 percent from 2013-2015 (photo: iStock)
May 26th, 2016 2:29 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The employment rate in most Danish municipalities in the Øresund Region increased between the first quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2015.

Only 14 of the 46 municipalities in the region – including Odsherred, Allerød and Rødovre – experienced negative job growth, reports the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO.

Nationwide, the number of people with a paid job grew by 3 percent, while in Copenhagen alone the increase was 6 percent.

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“Copenhagen and Aarhus work as powerhouses. It’s there where most of the large companies situate their headquarters,” Allan Lyngsø Madsen, the head economist at LO, told online magazine Ugebrevet A4.

“Local universities attract many young people who later get employed in qualified, highly-productive jobs.

According to LO, municipalities with negative job growth should focus on attracting more families with children.

In March this year, the unemployment rate in Denmark dropped down to 4.2 percent, reaching its lowest level since March 2009.

The Danish half of the Øresund Region includes Zealand and the islands situated to its south, including Falster, Lolland and Møn, and also Bornholm.