A total of 264,100 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of March. This was 53,100 fewer than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers was down by 12,100 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 82,900, down 29,400 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers over 50 years of age was 102,200, or 19,800 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.
Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 32,200, representing a decrease of 6,400 from March last year. Among unemployed young people, the period of unemployment ended within three months on average in 69.0% of cases between January and March, which is 7.2 percentage points more than the year before.
The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during March totalled 63,700, or 4,000 more than in March the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in March amounted to 141,400, which was 18,100 more than a year ago.
These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.