Increase in unemployment among men
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In the 2nd quarter of 2015, labour force participation among the population aged 15-74 years was 71.6 per cent.

Labour force surveyQ3 2015



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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.

Population aged 15-74, by labour force status and sex
3rd quarter 20153rd quarter 2014 - 3rd quarter 2015
Absolute numbersPer centChange in absolute numbersChange in percentage points
Labour force
Both sexes2 793 00071.645 0000.3
Males1 480 00074.326 0000.4
Females1 313 00068.819 0000.3
Employed persons
Both sexes2 666 00068.420 000-0.2
Males1 407 00070.73 000-0.7
Females1 258 00065.915 0000.1
Both sexes127 0004.625 0000.9
Males73 0004.923 0001.5
Females55 0004.23 0000.2
"Figure 1. Persons (15-74 years) in the labour force. In per cent of the population (15-74 years)

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.