Unemployment doubles in April 2020 compared to the same month last year

22nd May 2020

In April, the number of persons registering for work stood at 3,979, increasingby 2,231 persons when compared to the corresponding month in 2019.

Data provided by Jobsplus for April 2020 indicate a year-on-year increase of 2,125 persons registering under Part I and an additional 106 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register, with registered unemployment levels increasing across all age groups, according to the National Statistics Office. 

Those registering for work for less than 21 weeks and those registering between 21 and 52 weeks also increased when compared to April 2019 levels. The largest increase was recorded among persons who had been registering for less than 21 weeks. On the other hand, those who had been registering for work for more than one year decreased when compared to the same month last year.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work increased by 35 when compared to the previous year, reaching 253. Males accounted for 70 per cent of total registrants with a disability.

The largest share of males and females on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical support workers, with 21.4 per cent and 33.3 per cent respectively. 

The NSO emphasises that the statistics should be interpreted in context to the unprecedented developments and restrictions related to COVID-19.


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