Increase in long-term unemployment
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The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows the development in labour force participation, employment and unemployment. In the 1st quarter of 2015, labour force participation among the population aged 15-74 years was 70.8 per cent.

Labour force surveyQ1 2015



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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.

Population aged 15-74, by labour force status and sex
1st quarter 20151st quarter 2014 - 1st quarter 2015
Absolute numbersPer centChange in absolute numbersChange in percentage points
Labour force
Both sexes2 746 00070.842 0000.2
Males1 459 00073.628 0000.4
Females1 288 00067.815 0000.0
Employed persons
Both sexes2 628 00067.722 000-0.3
Males1 393 00070.317 000-0.1
Females1 235 00065.05 000-0.5
Both sexes118 0004.321 0000.7
Males66 0004.511 0000.7
Females53 0004.111 0000.8

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.