At the end of April, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 318,400, down 114,600 on the previous year. Compared with March, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 13,100. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 158,600 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 11,000, down 38,000 from April a year ago. In April, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 38,300, representing a decrease of 135,300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 17,500 from March. 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 34,800, down 5,700 from April a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 11,400 at the end of April, down 1,900 from the year before.
In April, 53,900 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 8,800 less than in March. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 109,800 from April a year earlier. In April, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 3,500, representing a decrease of 23,900 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 13,500, down 112,600 from April a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 15,200 from March. The number of fully laid off people decreased in all groups; the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-30,300), ‘unknown’ (-23,100), technicians and associate professionals (-11,600), professionals (-11,500) and craft and related trades workers (-11,100).