Unemployment up in Gozo, down in Malta

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UnemploymentIn the twelve months to July 2008, Malta experienced a decline in unemployment, whereas Gozo has seen a rise on this count (-428 in Malta and 54 in Gozo). The overall increase in the number of registered unemployed in Gozo was the result of an increase of 52 men and 2 women on the unemployment register.

When it comes to Malta, the overall decrease in the number of registered unemployed was the result of a decrease of 322 men and 106 women on the unemployment register.

At 5,958 persons, registered unemployment in July 2008 decreased by a total of 374 persons when compared to the same month last year.

In July 2008, the total number of registered unemployed stood at 5,958. Compared to the corresponding month a year ago, the overall number of unemployed fell by 374 persons. In Malta, the registered unemployed amounted to 5,272 persons, whereas in Gozo the registered unemployed amounted to 686.

In the twelve months to July 2008, all the age groups showed a decline in the number of registered unemployed, with the exception of the category of persons aged 45 years and over.

Between July 2007 and July 2008, the persons who have been on the unemployment register for 53 weeks and over dropped by 339. On the other hand, those persons who have been registering for employment for up to 20 weeks increased by 27.

This release also provides information on the occupations being sought by the unemployed. Among men, occupations related to elementary duties and plant and machine operations were the most common, whereas women tended to seek jobs which were clerical or service oriented.

The unemployment rates for July 2008 is not included as the data on the labour supply for this month are not yet available.

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