Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service

Latest Figures: Labour Force Survey - Main Results, 1st quarter 2009

According to the results of the Labour Force Survey, which is carried out in accordance with a European Union Regulation, for the 1st quarter of 2009, the number of employed persons amounted to 376,8 thousand (males 208,3 thousand and females 168,5 thousand) and the number of unemployed persons to 18,2 thousand (males 9,0 thousand and females 9,2 thousand).

The employment rate for persons aged 15-64 was 69,5% (males 77,1% and females 62,1%) and remained at the same level as in the previous quarter and the corresponding quarter of 2008.

The unemployment rate amounted to 4,6% of the labour force (males 4,1% and females 5,2%) while in the 4th quarter the rate was 3,3% (males 3,0% and females 3,8%) and the corresponding quarter of 2008 the rate was 4,6% (males 4,2% and females 5,0%). Also the unemployment rate for young persons aged 15-24 amounted to 10,0% of the labour force of the same age group while it recorded a decrease from 11,2% in the corresponding quarter of 2008.

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