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December 2017: 2,167 persons registering for work, a decrease of 25.6% when compared to December 2016

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A news release published by the National Statistics Office shows that data provided by Jobsplus for December 2017 indicates a decline of 702 persons registering under Part I and a decrease of 43 among those registering under Part II of the unemployment register, when compared to December 2016. Registered unemployed dropped among all age groups.

Registrants for work decreased when compared to December 2016, irrespective of how long they had been registering for work. The only increase was recorded among females registering for over one year. The largest decrease in registrants was recorded among persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work also dropped by 72 when compared to the previous year reaching 282. Men accounted for 78.4 per cent of total registrants with a disability.

The largest share of men and women on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical support workers with 18.2 per cent and 35.5 per cent respectively.

The registered unemployment rate in June 2017 stood at 1.3 per cent of the labour supply, (excluding part-time employment) and varied from 1.4 per cent among men to 1.0 per cent among women.

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