February 2018: Number of persons registering for work decreased by 27.5% when compared to February 2017

According to latest release published by the National Statistics Office (NSO), data provided by Jobsplus for February 2018 indicate a decline of 701 persons registering under Part I and a decrease of 60 among those registering under Part II of the unemployment register, when compared to February 2017. Registered unemployed dropped among all age groups.

Registrants for work decreased when compared to February 2017, irrespective of how long they had been registering for work. The largest decrease in registrants was recorded among persons who had been registering between 21 and 52 weeks.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work also dropped by 21 when compared to the previous year reaching 286. Men accounted for 77.3 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 18.9 per cent and 35.5 per cent respectively.

The registered unemployment rate in September 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.