Increase in unemployment among youths
There was an increase of 31 000 in the number of unemployed persons from the 2nd quarter of 2014 to the 2nd quarter of 2015. Half of this increase was among youths.
|2nd quarter 2015||2nd quarter 2014 - 2nd quarter 2015|
|Absolute numbers||Per cent||Change in absolute numbers||Change in percentage points|
|Both sexes||2 785 000||71.6||46 000||0.3|
|Males||1 477 000||74.4||25 000||0.4|
|Females||1 307 000||68.7||20 000||0.3|
|Both sexes||2 663 000||68.4||15 000||-0.5|
|Males||1 406 000||70.8||8 000||-0.5|
|Females||1 256 000||66.0||6 000||-0.4|
|Both sexes||122 000||4.4||31 000||1.1|
|Males||71 000||4.8||17 000||1.1|
|Females||51 000||3.9||14 000||1.0|
In the 2nd quarter of 2015 there were 122 000 unemployed persons according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In addition to increased unemployment among youths, there was also an increase among men aged 25-54 from the 2nd quarter of 2014 to the 2nd quarter of 2015.
The share of long-term unemployed decreased from 31 to 29 per cent during this period. The long-term unemployed are persons who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. Due to a relatively high inflow of new unemployed people during the last six months, the average duration of job searches decreased from 28.3 to 24.3 weeks.
More elderly people employed
The labour force participation rate among the whole population aged 15-74 years increased from 71.3 per cent in the 2nd quarter of 2014 to 71.6 per cent in the 2nd quarter of 2015. More elderly people (aged 55 and more) are employed, and among youths (aged 15-24) the unemployment has increased. The other age groups saw either a decrease or small changes in the labour participation rate.
Rise in full-time employment among women
The LFS shows an increase of 17 000 in the number of full-time employed women from the 2nd quarter of 2014 to the 2nd quarter of 2015. During the same period, the number of part-time employed women decreased by 12 000. Among men there was an increase of 10 000 in the number in part-time employment, while the number in full-time employment remained stable. In the 2nd quarter of 2015, the share of full-time employed persons was 85 per cent among men and 62 per cent among women.