At the end of July, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 322,600, down 64,900 on the previous year. Compared with June, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 6,400. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 166,600 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 11,300, down 4,000 from July a year ago. In July, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 35,800, representing a decrease of 19,700 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 23,700 from June. 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 39,300, down 3,500 from July last year. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 11,000 at the end of July, down 900 from the year before.
In July, 32,400 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 1,700 less than in June. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 49,600 from July a year earlier. In July, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,700, representing a decrease of 3,700 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 6,700, down 19,800 from July a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 300 from June. The number of people fully laid off decreased in all occupational groups; the greatest decreases were in the groups of ‘unknown’ (-11,500), service and sales workers (-9,200), professionals (-6,800), craft and related trades workers (-5,600), and associate professionals and technicians (-5,100).