February registered unemployment steady at 5.2 percent

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia stood at 33,656 at the end of February, accounting for 5.2 percent of the total workforce between the age of 16 and retirement age. The unemployment rate remained unchanged on month.

Compared to the previous month, the number of registered unemployed in February rose one percent. The number of persons with limited capacity for work totaled 10,100, making up 30 percent of all registered unemployed, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) said -writes err.ee

The rate of registered unemployment remained highest in Ida-Viru County at 10.3 percent, while unemployment was lowest in Harju County at 3.7 percent. Unskilled workers made up the biggest part of the registered jobless who had previously worked, accounting for 23 percent of the total, ahead of skilled workers and craftsmen at 18 and service and sales personnel at 17 percent.

In mid-February, Statistics Estonia published unemployment figures for 2017. Last year, the unemployment rate fell by one percent to 5.8 percent; the registered unemployment rate, meanwhile, increased by 0.2 percent to 4.7 percent. Registered unemployment in Estonia has increased as a result of the nationwide work ability reform.

Over the course of February, 3,725 new offers were added to the job offers available via the EUIF, down 14 percent compared to January and 11 percent on year.

The EUIF had a total of 7,926 jobs on offer last month, the majority of which were for service and sales personnel (22 percent of all jobs), skilled workers and craftsmen (19 percent), and equipment and machinery operators and assembly workers (18 percent).

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