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Number of jobseekers declines in April

Published : 23 May 2019, 19:24

Updated : 24 May 2019, 09:31

  DF Report

File Photo by SAK /Patrik Lindström.

A total of 229,600 unemployed jobseekers were registered with the Employment and Economic Development Offices in the country in April this year.

The number was 25,000 smaller year on year and 8,700 less than in the previous month, said the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in a press release on Thursday.

The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year — amounted to 63,100, posting a slide of 17,500 from that in the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers aged over 50 was 87,600, or 11,300 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.

Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years numbered 28,400, showing a decrease of 2,900 from that in April last year. On an average, the period of unemployment in 65.5% cases of the unemployed young people ended within three months between January and April, which is 3.0 percentage points less than the year before.

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices in April totalled 68,800, or 8,700 more than in April 2018. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in April amounted to 144,700, which was 23,200 more than a year before.

At the end of April, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 129,800, posting a year-on-year decline of 2,200. These services include pay subsidies, labour market training, work trials, and self-motivated studies.

At the end of April, the number of people laid off in the country was 17,400, down by 2,200 year on year. The number of people fully laid off totalled at 11,600, representing a decrease of 400 from April 2018.