Increase in unemployment among men
There was an increase of 25 000 in the number of unemployed persons from the 3rd quarter of 2014 to the 3rd quarter of 2015. For men alone, the increase was 23 000.
|3rd quarter 2015||3rd quarter 2014 - 3rd quarter 2015|
|Absolute numbers||Per cent||Change in absolute numbers||Change in percentage points|
|Both sexes||2 793 000||71.6||45 000||0.3|
|Males||1 480 000||74.3||26 000||0.4|
|Females||1 313 000||68.8||19 000||0.3|
|Both sexes||2 666 000||68.4||20 000||-0.2|
|Males||1 407 000||70.7||3 000||-0.7|
|Females||1 258 000||65.9||15 000||0.1|
|Both sexes||127 000||4.6||25 000||0.9|
|Males||73 000||4.9||23 000||1.5|
|Females||55 000||4.2||3 000||0.2|
In the 3rd quarter of 2015 there were 127 000 unemployed persons according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The increase in unemployment among men was significant both among youths (aged 15-24) and those in the next age group (25-54) from the 3rd quarter of 2014 to the 3rd quarter of 2015.
The share of long-term unemployed persons decreased from 32 to 27 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 26.7 to 25.4 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 3rd quarter of 2014 to 71.6 per cent in the 3rd quarter of 2015. More elderly people (aged 55 and more) are employed, and among youths (aged 15-24) both employment and unemployment have increased. Among the age group 25-54 there was a decrease in the labour force participation rates.
Big drop in oil and gas extraction
The LFS shows a decrease of 13 000 employed persons in mining and quarrying; an industry dominated by oil and gas extraction. This corresponds to a decrease of 17 per cent in one year, from the 3rd quarter of 2014 to the 3rd quarter of 2015. In total for all industries, the LFS shows an increase of 20 000 employed persons last year. Retail trade was the industry that accounted for most of the growth.
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