Employment Bulletin
September 2020
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in September

At the end of September, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 315,800, up 89,700 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 13,900 from August. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 15,600, down 600 from September a year ago. In September, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 54,600 representing an increase of 8,700 on the year before. The number of commencing periods of unemployment increased by 400 from August. The number of starting periods is always greater than the number of job searches because new unemployment periods are also registered form the existing groups of jobseekers.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 33,100, up 9,500 from September a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,400 at the end of September, up 4,100 from the year before.

In September, 56,700 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 4,200 less than in August. The number of people fully laid off increased by 48,400 from September a year earlier. In September, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 4,600 representing an increase of 3,300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 21,900, up 17,000 from September a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 300 from August. The number of people fully laid off increased in all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of ‘unknown’ (10,400), service and sales workers (10,300), craft and related trades workers (6,800), and professionals (5,100).