UNEMPLOYMENT KEEPS FALLING IN 2018

 Registered unemployment dropped among all age groups, except among persons below the age of 20.

The number of persons registering for work in January 2018 stood at 2,000, decreasing by 30.8 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2017.

Data provided by Jobsplus analysed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) for January 2018 indicated a decline of 812 persons registering under Part I and a decrease of 77 among those registering under Part II of the unemployment register, when compared to January 2017.

Registered unemployment dropped among all age groups, except among persons below the age of 20. Registrants for work decreased when compared to January 2017, irrespective of how long they had been looking for a job. The largest decrease in registrants was recorded among persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work also dropped by 35 when compared to the previous year, reaching 284. Men accounted for 78.2 per cent of total registrants with a disability.

The largest share of men and women on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical support workers with 18.7 per cent and 35.8 per cent respectively.

The registered unemployment rate in August 2017 stood at 1.3 per cent of the labour supply, (excluding part-time employment) and varied from 1.4 per cent among men to 1.0 per cent among women.

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