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Unemployment on the rise for August 2020 when compared with previous year

24th September 2020

Despite COVID-related disruptions to Malta’s workforce, the number who registered for work dropped between July and August 2020

In August, the number of persons registering for work stood at 3,672, increasing by 2,027 when compared to the corresponding month in 2019 according to a National Statistics Office statement.

When comparing August with the previous month, 309 fewer people registered for work, with the number going from 3,981 in July 2020 to 3,672 in August 2020.

Registered Unemployment

Data provided by Jobsplus for August 2020 indicate a year-on-year increase of 1,849 persons registering under Part I and an additional 178 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register.

Those registering under Part I are either new job seekers who have left school, re-entrants into the labour market or individuals who have been made redundant by their former employers.

Those registering under Part II are either workers who have been dismissed from work due to disciplinary action, left work out of their own free will, refused work or training opportunities or were struck off the register after an inspection by Law Enforcement personnel.

Registered unemployment levels increased across all age groups. Those registering for work for less than 21 weeks and those registering between 21 and 52 weeks, increased when compared to August 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 in 2019.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work increased by 34 when compared to the previous year, reaching 261. Males accounted for 71.3 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 21.0 per cent and 35.8 per cent respectively.


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Unemployment on the rise for August 2020 when compared with previous year