At the end of May, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 235,400, down 65,800 on the previous year. Compared with April, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 3,400. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 131,000, or 23,500 fewer than in May 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 11,600, up 1,500 from May a year ago. In May, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 35,800, representing a decrease of 3,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 5,600 from April. 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 29,300, down 5,600 from May a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,100 at the end of May, down 2,700 from the year before.
In May, 12,000 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 4,600 less than in April. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 29,200 from May a year earlier. In May, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,400, representing a decrease of 300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 4,000, down 3,600 from May a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 300 from April. The number of people fully laid off decreased in all occupational groups; the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-10,100), ‘unknown’ (-4,200), craft and related trades workers (-3,700), technicians and associate professionals (-2,700) and elementary occupations (-2,600).