Employment Bulletin, February 2015



  • The total number of jobseekers increased
  • The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 32,000 compared to the year before
  • Services included in the activation rate had 3,000 more people than a year ago
  • The number of new vacancies increased from the previous year

At the end of February 2015, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 355,400, up 31,600 on the previous year.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 32,000, up 3,800 from February a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,100 at the end of February, up 1,500 from the year before

Of the unemployed jobseekers, 208,400 (59 %) were men and 147,000 (41 %) were women. Compared with February a year ago, the unemployment among men increased by 16,900 (9%) and among women by 14,700 (11%

At the end of February 2015, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 45,900 representing an increase by 4,900 from February a year ago. Among those over 50, the number of unemployed was 131,100, representing an increase of 10,800 on the year before. 

Examined by level of education, the unemployment rose from February of last year at all other levels of education, except among those with lower level basic qualifications (-5 %); the increase was greatest among those with lower-degree level tertiary education (15 %), higher-degree level tertiary education (14 %) and doctorate or equivalent level tertiary education (14 %).

At the end of February, the number of long-term unemployed who have been unemployed without interruption for more than a year amounted 102,500, up 16,300 on the previous year. 

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