Employment Bulletin
September 2020
Decrease in the number of persons covered by services

At the end of September, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 113,900, down 6,400 on the previous year. Compared with August, the number of persons covered by such services increased by 7,900. The activation rate at the end of September was 26.5%, which is 8.2 percentage points lower than a year earlier. In all, 4.1% of the labour force were covered by these services.

Of those covered by services, the number of men was 54,600, down 3,400 on the previous year. The number of women covered by these services was 59,300, down 3,000 on the previous year.

Broad unemployment, or the total number of unemployed jobseekers and those covered by services, was 429,700 at the end of September. This is 83,300 more than a year earlier. The increase in broad unemployment was mainly due to an increase in the number of unemployed jobseekers.