Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



31/12/2008
LATEST FIGURES: LABOUR FORCE SURVEY – MAIN RESULTS, 3rd QUARTER 2008
31/12/2008


According to the results of the Labour Force Survey, which is carried out in accordance with a European Union Regulation, for the 3rd quarter of 2008, the number of employed persons amounted to 381,9 thousand (males 212,8 thousand and females 169,1 thousand) and the number of unemployed persons to 14,1 thousand (males 6,6 thousand and females 7,5 thousand).

The employment rate for persons aged 15-64 was 71,0% (males 80,0% and females 62,4%) and remained at the same level as in the previous quarter and the corresponding quarter of 2007.

The unemployment rate amounted to 3,6% of the labour force (males 3,0% and females 4,2%) while in the 2nd quarter the rate was 3,1% (males 2,6% and females 3,9%) and the corresponding quarter of 2007 the rate was 4,0% (males 3,2% and females 4,9%). Also the unemployment rate for young persons aged 15-24 recorded an increase and reached 8,4% of the labour force of the same age group from 7,1% in the previous quarter but recorded a decrease from 10,4% in the corresponding quarter of 2007.

A more detailed analysis of the survey data is presented in the description that accompanies the main results tables.













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