Un­em­ploy­ment in Au­gust down by 1,653 from a year be­fore

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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