Employment Bulletin
October 2021
Unemployment decreased more among women than men

Of the unemployed jobseekers, 148,400 (57%) were men and 110,600 (43%) were women, indicating a decrease of 2,600 for men and a decrease of 3,700 for women from the figures for September. Compared with October a year ago, unemployment decreased by 29,700 (-17%) among men and by 24,000 (-18%) among women.

Unemployment decreased in all age groups under the age of 65

At the end of October, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 27,800, representing a decrease of 8,500 from October a year ago. Youth unemployment decreased from September by 1,600. For those under 20, the number of unemployed was 5,400. Among those over 50, the number of unemployed was 100,700, representing a decrease of 13,600 on the year before. Among those over 55, the number of unemployed was 73,600, representing a decrease of 6,200 on the year before. Unemployment decreased the most among those under 30 (-22%) and those between 50 and 54 (-22%). Unemployment rose from the previous year only among those over 64 years of age (18%). Unemployment fell in all age groups from September, with the exception of those between 60 and 64 years where the figure was unchanged. Unemployment fell the most among those under 30 (-4%).