Increased labour force participation among men
Labour force participation among men increased from the 2nd quarter of 2017 to the 2nd quarter of 2018, while there was a slight decrease among women.
The labour force participation rate among men aged 15-74 was 73.3 per cent in the 2nd quarter of 2018, up from 72.6 in the same quarter the previous year, according to new figures from the Labour Force Survey. The increase applied for most of the age groups.
For women, the participation rate decreased from 67.7 to 67.3 per cent. The decrease was most significant among those aged 35-44, with more than 3 percentage points.
Figure 1. Persons (15-74 years) in the labour force, by sex. In per cent of the population in each group
Figure 2. Persons (15-74 years) in the labour force, by age. In per cent of the population in each group
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The figures on unemployed persons decreased by 17 000 from the 2nd quarter of 2017 to the 2nd quarter of 2018. The fall in unemployment was both among men and women, and the rate was reduced from 4.5 to 3.9 per cent. The average period of unemployment decreased from 29,7 to 29,4 weeks.