Employment Bulletin
April 2021
Unemployment decreased more among women than men

Of the unemployed jobseekers, 182,400 (57%) were men and 136,000 (43%) were women, indicating a decrease of 8,500 for men and 4,600 for women from the figures for March. Compared with April a year ago, unemployment decreased by 47,700 (-21%) among men and by 67,000 (-33%) among women.

Unemployment decreased in all age groups under the age of 65

At the end of April, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 38,600, representing a decrease of 17,700 from April a year ago. Youth unemployment fell by 2,000 from March. For those under 20, the number of unemployed was 7,000. Among those over 50, the number of unemployed was 116,200, representing a decrease of 25,400 on the year before. Among those over 55, the number of unemployed was 82,500, representing a decrease of 11,300 on the year before. Unemployment fell the most for those between 20–29 years (-32%) and in the age groups 15–19 and 40–44 (-31%). Among those over 64, unemployment increased by 6% from the previous year. With the exception of those over 64, unemployment decreased in all age groups compared with March, the most among those aged under 30 and those aged 50–54 (-5%).