At the end of February, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 115,200, down 4,000 on the previous year. Compared with January, the number of persons covered by such services increased by 3,000. The activation rate at the end of February was 26.0 %, which is 6.4 percentage points lower than a year earlier. In all, 4.3 % of the labour force were covered by these services.
Of those covered by services, the number of men was 54,800, down 2,300 on the previous year. The number of women covered by these services was 60,500, down 1,600 on the previous year.
Broad unemployment, or the total number of unemployed jobseekers and those covered by services, was 442,400 at the end of February. This is 75,000 more than a year earlier. The increase in broad unemployment was mainly due to an increase in the number of unemployed jobseekers.