In September, persons registering as unemployed increased to 7,619, up by 750 over the corresponding month last year. Data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) indicate a year-on-year increase of 851 persons (13.6 per cent) registering under Part 1 and a drop of 101 (16.1per cent) registering under Part 2 of the unemployment register. From a geographical point of view, registered unemployment in Malta rose by 11 per cent to 6,866, while that in Gozo went up by 10.1 per cent to 753. Registrants aged 45 and over went up by 9.9 per cent to 3,123, when compared to 2012 levels. An increase of 559 persons was recorded for those whose duration of unemployment exceeded one year. On the other hand, persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks went up by 78. There was also a marginal downward shift in the registrants with a disability, who numbered 518 during the month under review.