A total of 295,500 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of December. This was 62,600 fewer than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 24,200 from the previous month.
The number of long-term unemployed - that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year - amounted to 91,600, down 30,400 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers over 50 years of age was 110,900, or 20,700 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.
Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 38,300, representing a decrease of 9,800 from December last year. Among unemployed young people, the period of unemployment ended within three months on average in 68.0% of cases between January and December, which is 5.2 percentage points more than the year before.
The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during December totalled 40,300, or 3,200 more than in December the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in December amounted to 78,300, which is 9,900 more than a year ago.
These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.