As of the end of May, the number of registered unemployed in Estonia stood at 50,376, up 4 percent on month and accounting for 7.8 percent of the total workforce from age 16 to the retirement age.
On year, unemployment increased 1.7-fold from 30,113 last May, the Unemployment Insurance Fund said.
The number of newly registered unemployed last month totaled 7,679, or 1.5 times as many as in May 2019. Meanwhile, 4,992 people found work or started a business with the help of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, including 834 persons with reduced capacity for work.
Ida-Viru County saw the highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent; unemployment remained the lowest, meanwhile, in Hiiu County at 4.6 percent.
As of the end of May, 12,032 people, or about a quarter of all registered unemployed, were persons with reduced capacity for work, down from approximately one third last May.
Last month, a total of 8,012 job offers were available through the Unemployment Insurance Fund. 4,257 job offers were added during the month, nearly 12 percent more than in April.
Statistics on registered unemployment reflect the number of unemployed persons who have registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Editor: Aili Vahtla