Employment Bulletin
October 2020
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in October

At the end of October, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 312,700, up 88,000 on the previous year. Compared with September, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 3,100. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 16,000, up 400 from October a year ago. In October, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 57,900, representing an increase of 10,800 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 3,300 from September. The number of starting periods is always greater than the number of job searches because new unemployment periods are also registered from the existing groups of jobseekers.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 32,200, up 9,800 from October a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,300 at the end of October, up 4,100 from the year before.

In October, 57,200 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 400 more than in September. The number of people fully laid off increased by 46,300 from October a year earlier. In October, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 5,700, representing an increase of 3,400 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 24,100, up 15,600 from October a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 2,200 from September. The number of people fully laid off increased in all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (10,600), ‘unknown’ (9,400), craft and related trades workers (6,500), and professionals (4,800).