More full-time employed
The number of employed persons working full time increased by 42 000 from the 1st quarter of 2017 to the 1st quarter of 2018. Both men and women experienced an increase in full time employment, according to new figures from the Labour force survey.
In total, the figures on employed persons increased by 39 000, 23 000 men and 16 000 women. While there was a rise in full-time employment, there were only minor changes in part-time employment.
The labour force participation rate among people aged 15-74 was 69,5 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2018, approximately the same level as in the 1st quarter of 2017. The figures on unemployed persons decreased by 12 000 in this period.
Figure 1. Persons (15-74 years) in the labour force, by gender. In per cent of the population in each group
The participation rate increased among those aged 20-24, 45-54 and 60-66. For the other age groups, there was a decrease or only minor changes.
Figure 2. Persons (15-74 years) in the labour force, by age. In per cent of the population in each group
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Fall in youth unemployment
The total number of unemployed people was reduced by 12 000 from the 1st quarter of 2017 to the 1st quarter of 2018. The fall in unemployment was both among men and women, mainly for those aged 15-24.
The average period of unemployment decreased from 31,5 to 31 weeks last year.