Employment Bulletin: 315,800 unemployed jobseekers in September


  • A total of 315,800 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of September, an increase of 89,700 from the previous year.
  • The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 13,900 from the previous month.

People laid off

  • At the end of September, the number of people laid off was 73,600 in the whole country; a year-on-year increase of 60,000.
  • The number of people fully laid off totalled 56,700, representing an increase of 48,400 from September the year before.

Long-term unemployed

  • The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for more than a year — amounted to 81,100, up 18,500 on the previous year.

Young people

  • The number of unemployed jobseekers aged under 25 was 38,100, representing an increase of 10,200 from September last year.

New vacancies

  • The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during September totalled 58,100, or 7,400 fewer than in September the previous year.
  • In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices amounted to 103,000 in September; a decrease of 18,500 from the previous year.

Unemployment rate

  • The employment rate was 72.0%, which was 0.7 percentage points lower than in September the year before.
  • The unemployment rate was 7.6%, or 1.7 percentage points higher than the previous year.

Further information

Employment bulletin, September 2020