Increase in long-term unemployment
There was an increase of 21 000 in the number of unemployed persons from the 1st quarter of 2014 to the 1st quarter of 2015. This increase was mainly among the long-term unemployed.
|1st quarter 2015||1st quarter 2014 - 1st quarter 2015|
|Absolute numbers||Per cent||Change in absolute numbers||Change in percentage points|
|Both sexes||2 746 000||70.8||42 000||0.2|
|Males||1 459 000||73.6||28 000||0.4|
|Females||1 288 000||67.8||15 000||0.0|
|Both sexes||2 628 000||67.7||22 000||-0.3|
|Males||1 393 000||70.3||17 000||-0.1|
|Females||1 235 000||65.0||5 000||-0.5|
|Both sexes||118 000||4.3||21 000||0.7|
|Males||66 000||4.5||11 000||0.7|
|Females||53 000||4.1||11 000||0.8|
In the 1st quarter of 2015 there were 118 000 unemployed persons according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The share of long-term unemployed rose from 29 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2014 to 38 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2015. The long-term unemployed are persons who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks.
Higher participation rate among elderly
The labour force participation rate among those aged 55-66, and among men aged 67-74, has increased from the 1st quarter of 2014 to the 1st quarter of 2015. There was a simultaneous increase among those aged 20-24, but for this group the increase was mainly due to higher unemployment, not an increase in employment.
The labour force participation rate among the whole population aged 15-74 years remained stable from the 1st quarter of 2014 to the corresponding quarter of 2015.
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 1st quarter of 2015 to the 1st 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 15 000 in the number in part-time employment, while the number in full-time employment remained stable. In the 1st quarter of 2015, the share of full-time employed persons was 85 per cent among men and 62 per cent among women.