Unemployed up by 8.9% in August 2013
Data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC), indicate a year-on-year growth of 781 persons (12.6%) registering under Part 1 and a drop of 177 persons (27.8%) registering under Part 2 of the unemployment register.
On a regional level, registered unemployment in Malta rose by 9.2% to 6,701, while that in Gozo went up by 6.2% to 724. The number of registrants aged 45 and over went up by 6.9%, while those aged under 20 dropped by 7.6% when compared to 2012 levels.
A year-on-year increase of 551 persons was recorded in registrants whose duration of unemployment exceeded one year. On the other hand, persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks decreased marginally. There was also a slight downward shift in the number of registrants with disability, who numbered 520 during the month under review.
In line with past trends, the largest share of unemployed men were seeking occupations in services, crafts and related jobs, whereas women mostly sought clerical jobs.
The registered unemployment rate in April 2013 stood at 4.4% of the labour supply, and varied from 5.2% among men to 3.0% among women. The registered unemployed rate among persons aged 45 and over stood at 5.0% while that for persons under 25 reached 5.3%. The long-term unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points when compared to last year’s levels, to 1.7%