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Estonia's registered unemployment flat at 4.6% in April

BC, Tallinn, 11.06.2018.Print version
The number of registered unemployed in Estonia stood at 29,779 at the end of May, marking an increase of 0.8% compared with the same time a year ago, and made up 4.6% of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, as much as in May 2017, informs LETA/BNS.

Of the registered unemployed, 9,623 people or 32% were persons with limited capacity for work. The share of persons with limited capacity for work among unemployed persons rose by 4.0%age points on year, it appears from figures published by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

The rate of registered unemployment continued to be the highest in East-Viru County with 9%. Unemployment was lowest in Harju County with 3.5%. Unskilled workers made up the biggest part of the registered jobless who had previously worked, accounting for 22% of the total, ahead of skilled workers and craftsmen at 18% and service and sales personnel at 17%.

During the month 5,460 new offers were added to the job offers available via the Unemployment Insurance Fund, 71% of which through the e-Unemployment Insurance Fund, which was 12% more than in April. The Unemployment Insurance Fund had a total of 11,670 jobs on offer during the month. The biggest part of jobs on offer were for unskilled workers with 24%, for service and sales personnel with 23%, and skilled workers and craftsmen with 20%.

During the month 4,637 people, including 1,110 persons with limited capacity for work, found employment or started business with the help of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Statistics Estonia announced in mid-May that the unemployment rate in Estonia in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 1.2 percentage points to 6.8% as previously inactive persons started seeking work, the estimated number of unemployed persons was 47,400, which is 9,000 more than in the first quarter of 2017.

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