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November 2009 unemployment figures show an increase

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November 2009 unemployment figures show an increaseThe full-time gainfully occupied population in November 2009 totalled 144,265, down by 1,564 when compared to the previous year and up by 171 over the previous month.

In November 2009, the administrative records of the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) showed a drop of 1,564 persons, or 1.1 per cent, in the full-time gainfully occupied population when compared to the corresponding month in 2008. Concurrently, the number of registered unemployed increased by 988, with a resulting drop of 576 persons in the labour supply with respect to 2008.

In this way, the labour supply amounted to 151,853 persons. The full-time gainfully occupied population stood at 144,265 persons, while the registered unemployed totalled 7,588.

The net decrease of 1,564 gainfully-occupied persons over the twelve-month period to November 2009 was attributed to a drop of 2,083 men and an increase of 519 women.

From October to November 2009, the labour supply inreased by 426 persons or 0.3 per cent. The full- time gainfully occupied population increased by 171 persons or 0.1 per cent, while the registered unemployed increased by 255 persons or 3.5 per cent.

Year-on-year, the full-time gainfully occupied population in the public sector decreased by 309 persons, or 0.8 per cent, while that in the private sector decreased by 1,255 persons, or 1.2 per cent.

In the twelve months to November 2009, full-time employment decreased by 1,535, or 1.1 per cent, in Malta and by 29, or 0.3 per cent, in Gozo.

Economic activities

In the twelve months to November 2009, the main economic activities which registered the growth in full-time employment were real estate, renting and business activities (NACE 70-74); other community, social and personal service activities (NACE 90-93); and education (NACE 80). Accordingly, the sector of real estate, renting and business activities (NACE 70-74) increased its employment by 574 or 4.1 per cent. On its part, other community, social and personal service activities (NACE 90-93) gained 394 persons, or 5.3 per cent. The education sector (NACE 80) reported an increase of 293 persons, or 2.3 per cent.

On the other hand, the number of gainfully occupied persons fell in manufacturing (NACE 15-37); hotels and restaurants (NACE 55); and construction (NACE 45). In fact, manufacturing declined by 1,467 persons, or 6.6 per cent, hotels and restaurants dropped by 673 persons, or 6.7 per cent, and the construction sector dropped by 635 persons, or 4.9 per cent.

Part-time employment

In the twelve months to November 2009, part-time employment rose by 2,569 or 5.4 per cent. Among part-timers who also hold a full-time job, there was an increase of 1,289 persons, while those having a part-time job as their primary occupation went up by 1,280 persons.

From October to November 2009, part-time employment increased by 72, or 0.1 per cent. Among part- timers who also hold a full-time job, there was an increase of 44, whereas those having a part-time job as their primary occupation went up by 28.

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