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Unemployment in Malta declines
By MaltaMedia News
Aug 25, 2008 - 12:26:23 PM

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Registered unemployment in July this year decreased by 374 persons when compared to the same month last year, according to new data published Monday by the National Statistics office.  

The data sourced from the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) shows that, in July 2008, the number of registered unemployed stood at 5,958.  

In Malta, the registered unemployed amounted to 5,272 persons, whereas in Gozo the registered unemployed amounted to 686. In the twelve months to July 2008, Malta experienced a decline in unemployment, whereas Gozo has seen a rise on this count (-428 in Malta and 54 in Gozo).  

The overall increase in the number of registered unemployed in Gozo was the result of an increase of 52 men and 2 women on the unemployment register. In relation to Malta, the overall decrease in the number of registered unemployed was the result of a decrease of 322 men and 106 women on the unemployment register.  

Between July 2007 and July 2008, the persons who have been on the unemployment register for 53 weeks and over dropped by 339. On the other hand, those persons who have been registering for employment for up to 20 weeks increased by 27.  

Today’s press release by the NSO also provides information on the occupations being sought by the unemployed. Among men, occupations related to elementary duties and plant and machine operations were the most common, whereas women tended to seek jobs which were clerical or service oriented.  

The unemployment rates for July 2008 does not feature in today’s release since the data on the labour supply for this month are not yet available. In March 2008, the registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 per cent of the labour supply. On a gender basis, the unemployment rate for men stood at 4.6, whilst the unemployment rate for women stood at 3.1 per cent.  

The long-term unemployment rate, referring to people who have been registering for work for more than twelve months, stood at 1.5 per cent. The unemployment rate among older workers (45 years of age and over) was 3.8 per cent while the unemployment rate among young people (under 25 years of age) stood at 4.9 per cent.

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