Unemployment shoots up by 20 per cent in March

21st April 2020

Extraordinary numbers within the context of unprecedented developments and restrictions related to COVID-19

According to data provided by Jobsplus within a report by the National Statistics Office this morning, the number of persons registering for work stood at 2,125 in March 2020, increasing by 19.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2019.

The extraordinary numbers will perhaps come as no surprise, viewed within the context of unprecedented developments and restrictions related to COVID-19, which has led to a number of job losses across industries.

The NSO reports affirmed that those who had been registering for work for less than 21 weeks, increased by 80.3 per cent when compared to the same month last year, while those registering for work for more than 21 weeks decreased over March 2019 levels. The largest drop was recorded among persons who had been unemployed for more than one year.

The number of persons with a disability who were registering for work increased by 20 when compared to the previous year, reaching 239. Males accounted for 71.1 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, 20 per cent and 39 per cent respectively.


The surplus marks an increase of €52.3 million when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2018.

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Unemployment shoots up by 20 per cent in March