Employment Bulletin
November 2020
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in November

At the end of November, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 314,500, up 86,000 on the previous year. Compared with October, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 1,800. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 15,400, up 400 from November a year ago. In November, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 50,300, representing an increase of 4,500 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 7,600 from October. 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 32,300, up 9,400 from November a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,600 at the end of November, up 4,000 from the year before.

In November, 58,000 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 800 more than in October. The number of people fully laid off increased by 43,400 from November a year earlier. In November, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 5,300, representing an increase of 2,500 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 19,800, up 11,000 from November a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 4,300 from October. The number of people fully laid off increased in all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (10,500), ‘unknown’ (8,200), craft and related trades workers (6,000), and professionals (4,400).