Unemployment spikes in 2020

After consistently dropping since 2015, unemployment levels have spiked exponentially in 2020 reaching the levels of unemployment of 2015. In July, the number of persons registering for work stood at 3,981, increasing by 2,327 when compared to the corresponding month last year.

Data published by the National Statistics Office, NSO shows a year-on-year increase of 2,124 persons registering under Part I and an additional 203 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register. NSO said that the data was provided by Jobs Plus.

Registered unemployment levels increased across all age groups, according to the statistics.

Those registering for work for less than 21 weeks and those registering between 21 and 52 weeks, increased when compared to July 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.

Statistics show that the number of persons with a disability who were registering for work increased by 30 when compared to the previous year, reaching 248. Males accounted for 69.8% of total registrants with a disability. The largest share of males and females on the unemployment register sought occupations as clerical support workers, with 20.7% and 34.7% respectively