At the end of October, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 118,500, down 5,500 on the previous year. Compared with September, the number of persons covered by such services increased by 4,700. The activation rate at the end of October was 27.5%, which is 8.1 percentage points lower than a year earlier. In all, 4.3% of the labour force were covered by these services.
Of those covered by services, the number of men was 56,500, down 3,100 on the previous year. The number of women covered by these services was 62,100, down 2,500 on the previous year.
Broad unemployment, or the total number of unemployed jobseekers and those covered by services, was 431,300 at the end of October. This is 82,400 more than a year earlier. The increase in broad unemployment was mainly due to an increase in the number of unemployed jobseekers.