Unemployment figures down in Malta but on the rise in Gozo
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According to administrative records held at the Employment and Training Corporation, the number of persons registering for work in August amounted to 6,465, of which 5,787 were registering in Malta and 678 in Gozo. When compared to last year, registered unemployment decreased by 142 in Malta and went up by 18 persons in Gozo.
The number of men on the unemployment register amounted to 5,051, while women registering for work numbered 1,414. Over the corresponding month in 2010, the incidence of unemployment decreased by 150 for men, but increased by 26 for women. In comparison to the previous year, unemployment declined across all the age groups, with the largest absolute drop being recorded among the 25-29 age bracket.
When compared to the previous year, the number of persons registering for work for less than 20 weeks increased by 139, while the number of persons who had been registering for work for more than one year declined by 217.
The number of persons with disability registering under Part 1 of the unemployment register amounted to 396. In comparison to a year ago, this segment of unemployed went down by 16.
Most unemployed men were seeking occupations related to services, sales and crafts, whereas women sought clerical and service-oriented occupation.
In April 2011, the registered unemployment rate (excluding part-timers) stood at 4.3 per cent of the labour supply. This rate stood at 5.1 per cent and 2.6 per cent for men and women respectively. The registered unemployment rate among workers aged 45 and over was 4.5 per cent, while that in respect of those aged less than 25 stood at 4.9 per cent.
The unemployment rate of persons who had been registering for work for at least one year under Part 1 of the unemployment register stood at 1.5 per cent; 1.9 per cent for men and 0.7 per cent for women.