At the end of February, the number of jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 663,200, up 133,100 on the previous year. Of the jobseekers, 342,100 were men and 321,200 were women. Compared to the situation a year ago, the number of men increased by 71,900 and the number of women by 61,200.
Of the jobseekers, 204,900 were employed, 185,900 of them were on the open labour market and 19,000 were employed through the services of the employment and economic development administration. The number of jobseekers on the open labour market increased by 47,000 from February a year earlier. The number of jobseekers outside the labour force was 114,300, of whom 27,300 were in services promoting employment and 65,800 in training. Of the jobseekers, 327,100 were unemployed jobseekers, which is 79,000 more than the year before. In February, 55,700 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 2,100 less than in January. The number of people fully laid off increased by 36,900 from February a year earlier. Furthermore, jobseekers on a reduced working week numbered 17,000, representing an increase of 10,900 from the year before.