Employment Bulletin, February 2014

According to the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, at the end of February the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 323,800, up 32,900 on the previous year. 

In February, 32,100 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid-off.  Since February 2013, the number of people fully laid off has increased by 6,200. 

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during February totalled 53,700, or 2,100 less than February in the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices amounted to 100,300 in February, which is 700 less than a year ago. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at the end of February was 61,400, up 800 on the previous year.

At the end of February, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 41,000, representing an increase by 3,100 from February a year ago. For those over 50, this figure was 120,300, up 10,600 on the year before. 

At the end of February, the number of long-term unemployed who had been unemployed without interruption for more than a year amounted to 86,200, up 18,700 on the previous year. 

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 28,300, up 4,200 from February a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,600 at the end of February, up 2,000 from the year before.

At the end of February, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 122,700, up 19,100 on the previous year.  At the end of February, the activation rate stood at 27.5%, representing an increase of 1.2 percentage points year-on-year. In all, 4.6% of the labour force was covered by these services.