Unemployed jobseekers by gender and age-group
Of the unemployed jobseekers, 153,300 (59%) were men and 104,800 (41%) were women, indicating an increase of 1,200 for men and a decrease of 1,200 for women from the figures for January. Compared with February a year ago, unemployment decreased by 2,000 (-1%) among men and by 5,500 (-5%) among women.
At the end of February, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 27,000, representing a decrease of 1,200 from February a year ago. Youth unemployment decreased by 400 from January. For those under 20, the number of unemployed was 5,000. Among those over 50, the number of unemployed was 95,800, representing a decrease of 7,500 on the year before. Among those over 55, the number of unemployed was 70,300, representing a decrease of 5,700 on the year before. Unemployment decreased the most among those between 60 and 64 (-9%), those between 50 and 54 (-7%) and those over 64 (-6%). Unemployment increased the most among those between 30 and 34 (3%) and those between 40 and 44 years of age (3%). Compared with January, unemployment decreased in five age groups. Unemployment fell the most among those under 20 (-3%) from January.