December unemployment down by 92 in Gozo & 982 in Malta
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According to Employment and Training Corporation records, the number of registered unemployed stood at 6,606 in December, down by 1,074 over the corresponding month in 2009.
In December, the number of persons registering for work in Malta stood at 5,897 whereas those in Gozo stood at 709. Accordingly, the number of registered unemployed in Malta decreased by 982, while in Gozo they decreased by 92 over the one-year period to December.
During the month under review, there were 5,216 men and 1,390 women registering for work.
Between December 2009 and December 2010 unemployment among men fell by 770, or 12.9 per cent, while that for women dropped by 304 or 17.9 per cent. The number of unemployed persons aged 45 or over also dropped by 10.4 per cent when compared to 2009 levels and amounted to 2,557.
The number of persons registering for work for less than 20 weeks fell by 479, or 14.1 per cent, while those who had been registering for work for more than one year decreased by 164, or 6.4 per cent. The largest share of men were seeking occupations related to services, sales and crafts whereas women sought service-oriented and clerical occupations.
Registered unemployment rate: August 2010
In August 2010, the registered unemployment rate (excluding part-timers) stood at 4.3 per cent of the labour supply. The unemployment rate among men and women stood at 5.0 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively.
The unemployment rate of persons who had been registering for work for 12 months or more under Part 1 (long-term unemployment rate) stood at 1.6 per cent. The registered unemployment rate among workers aged 45 and over stood at 4.6 per cent. The rate for young people (under 25) stood at 4.7 per cent.