At the end of December, the number of jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 690,500, up 155,200 on the previous year. Of the jobseekers, 358,100 were men and 332,400 were women. Compared to the situation a year ago, the number of men increased by 86,100 and the number of women by 69,100.
Of the jobseekers, 206,000 were employed, 187,300 of them were on the open labour market and 18,700 were employed through the services of the employment and economic development administration. The number of jobseekers on the open labour market increased by 48,100 from December a year earlier. The number of jobseekers outside the labour force was 108,300, of whom 25,300 were in services promoting employment and 61,000 in training. Of the jobseekers, 357,400 were unemployed jobseekers, which is 99,700 more than 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. Furthermore, jobseekers on a reduced working week numbered 18,800, representing an increase of 12,800 from the year before.