At the end of February, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices totalled 327,100, up 79,000 on the previous year. Compared with January, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 5,700. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 12,200 in February, down 1,700 from February a year ago. In February, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 38,700, representing a decrease of 1,300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 15,500 from January. 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 34,700, up 10,000 from February a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 11,800 at the end of February, up 4,400 from 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. In February, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 3,800, representing an increase of 1,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 12,500, up 5,500 from February a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 3,900 from January. The number of people fully laid off increased in all occupational groups, with the exception of armed forces; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (11,200), ‘unknown’ (5,700), craft and related trades workers (5,400), and technicians and associate professionals (3,400).