Increase in unemployment among youths
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The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows the development in labour force participation, employment and unemployment. In the 2nd quarter of 2015, labour force participation among the population aged 15-74 years was 71.6 per cent.

Labour force surveyQ2 2015



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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.

Population aged 15-74, by labour force status and sex
2nd quarter 20152nd quarter 2014 - 2nd quarter 2015
Absolute numbersPer centChange in absolute numbersChange in percentage points
Labour force
Both sexes2 785 00071.646 0000.3
Males1 477 00074.425 0000.4
Females1 307 00068.720 0000.3
Employed persons
Both sexes2 663 00068.415 000-0.5
Males1 406 00070.88 000-0.5
Females1 256 00066.06 000-0.4
Both sexes122 0004.431 0001.1
Males71 0004.817 0001.1
Females51 0003.914 0001.0

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.