The full-time gainfully occupied population grew by 4.6 per cent in September 2016 while part-time employment as a primary job increased by 5.4 per cent when compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, official figures issued today show.
Over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) increased by 3.5 per cent, reaching 185,259. This was mainly attributed to an increase in the full-time gainfully occupied population (7,928) and a drop in registered unemployment (1,717). Registered full-time employment in the private sector went up by 7,549 persons to 137,262. Public sector full-time employment increased by 379 persons and in September 2016 reached 44,790.
The number of persons registered as full-time self-employed rose by 428 when compared to September 2015, while the number of persons registered as employees increased by 7,500 persons.
The number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 24,370 up by 5.8 per cent (+1,332 persons) when compared to the corresponding month in 2015. Employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 36,304 up by 5.4 per cent (+1,870 persons) when compared to 2015.