Unemployment slowing, more job vacancies on offer in June

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office. Source: Aili Vahtla/ERR

Registered unemployment is continuing to grow but at a slower pace than before and the number of job offers has started to grow. At the end of June, 51,026 people, or 7.9 percent of the labor force, were registered as unemployed.

Compared to a year ago, the number of registered unemployed has increased by 1.7 times. 

People who registered as newly unemployed in June numbered 8,025. With the help of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, 5,050 people returned to work or started a business in June.

At the end of June, the registered unemployment rate was highest in Ida-Viru County at 12.9 percent and lowest in Hiiu County at 4.4 percent. 

At the end of June, there were 11,993 unemployed people with reduced working capacity, the share of the unemployed with reduced working capacity has decreased significantly compared to a year ago.

In June, the Unemployment Insurance Fund had 9,431 vacancies. During the month, 5,333 new job offers were added, compared to May, 25 percent more new job offers were added in June.

Compared to May, the number of unemployed increased by 1.6 per cent, at the end of May there were 50,224 registered unemployed.

Unemployment spiked during the emergency situation, as many businesses came to a standstill, and mostly among the tourism and services sector.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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