Employment Bulletin
December 2020
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in December

At the end of December, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 357,400, up 99,700 on the previous year. Compared with November, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 42,800. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 21,400, up 3,500 from December a year ago. In December, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 80,200, representing an increase of 24,200 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 29,900 from November. 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 37,700, up 10,300 from December a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 12,200 at the end of December, up 4,600 from the year before.

In December, 77,800 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 19,800 more than in November. The number of people fully laid off increased by 56,100 from December a year earlier. In December, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 9,500, representing an increase of 5,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 38,800, up 24,900 from December a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 19,000 from November. The number of people fully laid off increased in all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (13,100), ‘unknown’ (10,800), craft and related trades workers (9,000), and technicians and associate professionals (5,400).