Unemployed jobseekers by gender and age-group
Of the unemployed jobseekers, 135,500 (58%) were men and 99,900 (42%) were women, indicating a decrease of 4,900 for men and an increase of 1,500 for women from the figures for April. Compared with May a year ago, unemployment decreased by 35,000 (-21%) among men and by 30,800 (-24%) among women.
At the end of May, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 24,900, representing a decrease of 11,200 from May a year ago. Youth unemployment increased from April by 200. There were 4,600 unemployed persons under 20. Among those over 50, the number of unemployed was 91,400, representing a decrease of 19,100 on the year before. Among those over 55, the number of unemployed was 68,000, representing a decrease of 10,900 on the year before. Unemployment decreased the most among those under 25 (-31%) and the least among those over 60 (-8%). Compared with April, unemployment decreased in all age groups above 35, the most among those aged 55–59 (-4%).