Increase in employment

July 11, 2013

The average full-time employment during the first two months of 2013 increased by 2.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding period in 2012. Data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation show that over a one year period, full-time jobs in January and February amounted to 153,988 and 154,269 respectively. On the other hand, average registered unemployment during the first two months of 2013 went up by 6.5 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year.

Full-Time Employment

Full-time employment within the Education sector registered the highest increase when compared to the corresponding months in 2012 888 in January and 872 in February. This was followed by Administrative and Support Service Activities, with increases of 845 in January and 875 in February. On the other hand, employment within Construction dropped by 361 in January and 369 in February.

Private sector employment during the first two months increased by 2.4 per cent, with the highest increase being recorded in Administrative and Support Service Activities 77-82 or +13.4 per cent. During the same period, employment within the public sector rose by 1.4 per cent, with the highest increase registered within Education +6.5 per cent. During February, the number of full-time jobs held by females rose by 5.3 per cent, or 2,746, when compared to the corresponding month in 2012. The main economic activities where these increases occurred were Education and Administrative and Support Service Activities.

During the same period, the number of jobs held by the self-employed increased by 1.0 per cent when compared to February 2012.

Part-Time Employment

Part-time employment during the first two months went up by 6.0 per cent, or 3,116, when compared to the corresponding months last year. The number of part-time jobs within Wholesale and Retail Trade  and Accommodation and Food Service Activities increased by 6.8 and 6.2 per cent respectively, when compared to 2012. The number of part-time jobs held by persons who also had a full-time job went up by 4.3 per cent, with the highest increase recorded among females +9.4 per cent when compared to the first two months of 2012. During the same period, an increase of 7.2 per cent was recorded in jobs where part-time was the primary occupation.