Full-time and part-time employment both up in February

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Full-time and part-time employment both up in FebruaryData from the National Statistics Office today that that in February 2016, registered full-time employment increased by 4.0 per cent, while part-time employment as a primary job increased by 5.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

Administrative data provided by Jobsplus show that over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers, see methodological notes) increased by 2.9 per cent, reaching 179,711. This was mainly attributed to an increase in the full-time gainfully occupied population (6,765) and a drop in registered unemployment (1,679).

In February 2016, arts, entertainment and recreation and administrative and support service activities contributed mostly to the increase in employment, when compared to the previous year.

Registered full-time employment in the private sector went up by 6,274 persons to 130,815. Public sector full-time employment increased by 491 persons to 44,385.

The number of persons registered as full-time self-employed rose by 420 when compared to February 2015, while the number of persons registered as employees increased by 6,345. Full-time employment for males and females went up by 2.8 per cent and 6.1 per cent respectively over 2015 levels .

Registered part-time employment in February 2016 went up by 6.0 per cent when compared to a year earlier. The sectors that contributed most to the overall increase were accommodation and food service activities, 847, wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, 680 and professional, scientific and technical activities, 314.

The number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 24,171 up by 6.7 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2015.

Employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 34,509, up by 5.6 per cent or 1,816 persons when compared to 2015.

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