The activity rate in Malta’s labour force increased from 63.9 per cent in 2012 to 72.2 per cent in 2017, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
The NSO said that this growth was mainly attributed to the increase in female participation in the labour force. In fact, between 2012 and 2017, the male activity rate increased by 4.9 percentage points, while the rate for females increased by 11.4 percentage points.
In 2017, out of every 100 persons between 15 and 64 years of age, 69 were employed. Results also indicate an increase of 9.3 percentage points in the employment rate between 2012 and 2017.
The employment rates for men and that for women increased by 6.1 and 12.3 percentage points respectively. In 2017, among those having a main job, 29.6 per cent were between 25 and 34 years and a further 25.3 per cent were between 35 and 44 years.
During 2017, the share of women working on a full-time basis was 74.9 per cent, indicating an increase of 1.1 percentage points when compared to 2012 levels. On average, from 2012 to 2017, the share of full-time employed males was 92 per cent.
On average, over the past six years, 20 per cent worked in service and sales-related occupations followed by a further 17 per cent working in professional jobs. Over the same six-year period, an average of 28 per cent of employed persons were engaged in wholesale and retail trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities. An additional 26 per cent worked in public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities.
During the period under review, the unemployment rate dropped by 2.2 percentage points, from 6.2 per cent in 2012 to 4.0 per cent in 2017. Across all years, the highest number of unemployed persons was recorded in the 15 to 24 age category.
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of persons with a low level of education dropped by 9.1 percentage points. In addition, over the same period, an increase was recorded in the number of persons attaining medium or high level of education.