In May, the number of persons registering as unemployed stood at 7,292, up by 594 over the corresponding month last year, and up by 116 when compared to the previous month. Data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) indicate a year-on-year growth of 789 persons (13 per cent) registering for work under Part 1 of the unemployment register. Conversely, persons registering under Part 2 declined by 195 or 29.1 per cent, to 475.
When compared to the corresponding month a year ago, registered unemployment in the mainland rose by 524, or 8.7 per cent, while that for Gozo increased by 70, or 10.4 per cent. The number of registered unemployed aged 45 and over increased by 269 equivalent to 9.7 per cent. By contrast, the number of registered unemployed under 20 years dropped by 13.3 per cent over the same period.
A year-on-year increase was recorded in registrants whose duration of unemployment exceeded one year, by 506 or 21.5 per cent. On the other hand, unemployed persons who had been on the register for less than 21 weeks decreased by 38, or 1.4 per cent.
During the period under review, the number of persons with disability registering under Part 1 of the unemployment register went up by 48, or 10.1 per cent. In line with past trends, the largest share of unemployed men were seeking occupations in services, sales and crafts, whereas women mostly sought clerical jobs.
Registered unemployment rate: January 2013.The registered unemployment rate in January 2013 stood at 4.5 per cent of the labour supply – 5.3 per cent for males and 3.0 per cent for females. The long term unemployment rate stood at 1.6 per cent for the same month. Unemployment rate of persons aged under 25 stood at 5.3 per cent – an increase of 0.3 percentage points when compared with the previous month.