At the end of March, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 250,700, down 80,800 on the previous year. Compared with February, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 14,900. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 135,000, or 27,100 fewer than in March a year ago, were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 10,400, down 6,600 from March a year ago. In March, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 30,000, representing a decrease of 25,800 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 600 from February. 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 28,600, down 7,000 from March a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,800 at the end of March, down 3,200 from the year before.
In March, 21,000 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 5,900 fewer than in February. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 41,800 from March a year earlier. In March, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,800, representing a decrease of 5,900 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 4,900, down 23,800 from March a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 2,900 from February. The number of people fully laid off decreased in all occupational groups. The greatest decreases were in the groups of service and sales workers (-15,000), craft and related trades workers (-6,000), ‘unknown’ (-6,000), technicians and associate professionals (-3,600), and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-3,500).