At the end of April, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 246,100, up 7,400 on the previous year. Compared with March, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 7,700. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 138,500, or 8,700 more than in April 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 1,800 from April a year ago. In April, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 32,600, representing an increase of 2,400 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 2,800 from March. 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 35,000, up 7,400 from April a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,100 at the end of April, up 900 from the year before.
In April, 19,000 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 3,900 less than in March. The number of people fully laid off increased by 2,400 from April a year earlier. In April, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 2,100, representing an increase of 700 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 7,300, up 3,000 from April a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 3,100 from March. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in six groups and decreased in three groups. The number of people fully laid off increased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (2,400), “unknown” (700), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (500) and professionals (300). The number of people fully laid off decreased in the groups of service and sales workers (-1,500), office and customer service workers (-100) and skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (-100). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of armed forces and elementary occupations.