Unemployment in August down by 1,653 from a year before
In August, the number of persons registering for work stood at 3,261 compared to 4,914 in the corresponding month last year, the National Statistics Office said yesterday.
Data provided by Jobsplus (formerly ETC) for August indicate a decrease of 1,460 persons registering under Part I and a decrease of 193 among those registering under Part II of the unemployment register, when compared to August 2015.
Overall, decreases in registered unemployment were recorded among all age groups.
When compared to August last year, registrants for work decreased irrespective of how long they had been registering.
The largest decrease was recorded among persons who had been registering for over one year.
The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work also decreased by 40 to 362. Males accounted for 77.3 per cent of total registrants with a disability.
The largest share of males on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical support workers (17.7 per cent), same as their female counterparts (32.6 per cent).
The registered unemployment rate in March 2016 stood at 2.2 per cent of the labour supply (excluding part-time employment), and varied from 2.6 per cent among men to 1.6 per cent among women.
Economic growth is leading to record employment figures, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said yesterday.
“Economic growth is generating employment and there is a fairer distribution of income,” Mr Bartolo told a press conference held jointly with Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis.
Mr Bartolo said those at risk of social exclusion were finding work thanks to social benefits reforms which pushed more people to join the labour market.
He said measures such as free childcare and in employment benefits were encouraging more people, especially women, to join the workforce.
Disabled people, and idle youths were also joining the labour force.
Many of these would not have been registered as unemployed and so were an added success.