At the end of February, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 258,100, down 7,500 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers remained unchanged from January. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 140,800, were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment, which is unchanged from February last year. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 13,100 in February, up 2,300 from February a year ago. In February, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 33,500, representing an increase of 2,900 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 12,800 from January. 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 35,500, up 5,600 from February a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,500 at the end of February, up 100 from the year before.
In February, 24,300 of the unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 1,900 more than in January. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 2,600 from February a year earlier. In February, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 3,000, representing an increase of 400 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 9,800, up 2,000 from February a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 1,600 from January. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in six groups and decreased in four groups. The number of people fully laid off increased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (1,500), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (900), and ‘unknown’ (200). The number of people fully laid off decreased the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-4,500), elementary occupations (-500) and office and customer service workers (-400). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of armed forces.