At the end of August, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 105,900, which was the same number as the previous year. Compared with July, the number of persons covered by such services increased by 7,900. Of those covered by services, 59,400 were customers of local government pilots, which is 3,000 more than in August last year. The activation rate at the end of August was 30.7%, which is 3.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier. In all, 3.8% of the labour force were covered by these services.
Of those covered by services, the number of men was 51,100, up 300 on the previous year. The number of women covered by these services was 54,700, down 300 on the previous year.
Broad unemployment, or the total number of unemployed jobseekers and those covered by services, was 345,000 at the end of August. This is 41,900 less than a year earlier. The decrease in broad unemployment was mainly due to a decrease in the number of unemployed.