Unemployment in August increased by a staggering 2,027 when compared to the same month in 2019, with this being one of the key economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Statistics Office published the results on Thursday, stating that the number of people that were registering for work in August stood at 3,672, which is an increase of 2,027 from the same month from the previous year.
Whilst unemployment surged across every age group, the main rise was from the 30-44 age group with this increasing from 529 to 1,219, an increase of 690.
The main bulk of the unemployed being those that have only recently become jobless, with plenty becoming jobless just a few weeks ago.
However, those people that had been registering for work for more than a year, decreased in comparison to August 2019.
When divided by occupation, there was a significant increase in unemployment when it came to managers, with there being 92 managers unemployed in August 2019, with this rising to 333 in the same month this year.
There has also been a very significant rise when it comes to unemployment of service and sales workers, with this rising to 565 in August this year from 253 of the same month last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on working life in Malta, and the closure of plenty of establishments, coupled with the measures imposed when they eventually reopened, have strongly increased the unemployment rate in August.
After recording a decrease in annual averages of unemployment in 2019 when compared to 2018, Malta is set to record a rise in unemployment due to the global economic crisis that the pandemic has driven the world in.