Unemployment figures for Gozo up by 11.9% on last year

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Unemployment figures for Gozo up by 11.9% on last yearIn June, the number of persons registering as unemployed in Malta and Gozo stood at 7,279, up from 6,697 over the corresponding month last year, and marginally down over May. Registered unemployment in Gozo rose by 80 (11.9 per cent) when compared to last year.

Data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) indicate a year-on-year growth of 848 persons registering under Part 1 and a decrease of 266 persons registering under Part 2 of the unemployment register.

Registered unemployment in Malta rose by 502 (8.3 per cent) when compared to last year. Registered unemployed persons aged 45 and over went up by 244, or 8.7 per cent. In contrast, those below 20 declined by 30, or 13.3 per cent, when compared to 2012 levels.

A year-on-year increase of 578 persons was recorded in registrants whose duration of unemployment exceeded one year. On the other hand, unemployed persons who had been on the register for less than 21 weeks decreased by 131, or 4.6 per cent.

During the period under review, the number of persons with disability registering under Part 1 and Part 2 of the unemployment register, edged up by 18.

In line with past trends, the largest share of unemployed men were seeking occupations in services, sales and crafts, whereas women mostly sought clerical jobs, as illustrated in Table 12.

The registered unemployment rate in February stood at 4.5 per cent of the labour supply, and varied from 5.3 per cent for men to 3.0 per cent for women. The registered unemployment rate for persons under 25 stood at 5.3 per cent, while for those aged 45 and over it stood at 5.1 per cent. The long-term unemployment rate stood at 1.7 per cent.

These figures were supplied by the National Statistics Office.

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