At the end of July, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 278,700, up 6,500 on the previous year. Compared with June, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 14,000. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 157,900, or 9,300 more than in July 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 15,000, up 2,600 from July a year ago. In July, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 40,200, representing an increase of 7,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 18,000 from June. 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 42,500, up 6,000 from July a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,700 at the end of July, up 600 from the year before.
In July, 18,400 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 2,600 more than in June. The number of people fully laid off increased by 3,800 from July a year earlier. In July, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 2,600, representing an increase of 1,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 10,800, up 5,100 from July a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 2,300 from June. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in seven groups and decreased in two groups. The number of people fully laid off increased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (1,600), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (1,000), “unknown” (900), and professionals (700). The number of people fully laid off decreased the most among service and sales workers (-900). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of office and customer service workers and armed forces.