Unemployment up again in Gozo and down in Malta
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In September 2008, the number of registered unemployed stood at 6,096. Compared to the corresponding month a year ago, the overall number of unemployed fell by 533 persons. In Malta, the registered unemployed amounted to 5,401 persons, whereas in Gozo the registered unemployed amounted to 695.
In the twelve months to September 2008, Malta experienced a decline in unemployment, whereas Gozo has seen a rise on this count (-587 in Malta and +54 in Gozo).
In the twelve months to September 2008, all the age groups showed a decline in the number of registered unemployed, with the exception of the category of persons aged 45 years and over. Accordingly the number of registered unemployed between the age of under 20 and 44 decreased by 579 whereas the 45 and over age bracket increased by 46 per cent.
Between September 2007 and September 2008, the duration of unemployment spells decreased across all the periods.
Among men, occupations related to elementary duties and tradeswork were the most commonly sought, whereas women tended to seek jobs which were clerical or service-oriented.
The unemployment rates for September 2008 is not yet released since the data on the labour supply for this month is not yet available.
Registered Unemployment Rate: May 2008
In May 2008, the registered unemployment rate stood at 4.0 per cent of the labour supply. On a gender basis, the unemployment rate for men stood at 4.5, whilst the unemployment rate for women stood at 2.9 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 4.4 per cent.