As of the end of July, there were 50,701 registered unemployed, and the unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent, which was the same as in June and 2.9 percentage points higher than the rate last year. By some demographics, such as among the young and in Ida-Viru County, the rate has seen a rise, but in others, including those over 55, it has fallen.
The unemployment rate in Estonia saw no change from June to July, with 7.8 percent of the country registered unemployed, data from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) shows.
Unemployment has risen in Ida-Viru County, however, which has the highest rate of unemployment with 12.9 percent of the population registered unemployed. In July 2019, the rate there was 9.4 percent.
The island of Hiiumaa reported the lowest unemployment rate, with 4.5 percent, though this was up 1.7 percentage points from June 2019.
The rate of unemployed people with reduced working capacity made up 23.5 percent of total unemployed, down from 32.5 from last year.
Registered unemployment has increased among the young, those aged, 16-24, from 9.9 percent last year to 12.2 in July of this year. Unemployment among those 55 and up makes up 21.6 percent of total unemployment, with that indicator being 24.3 a year ago.
Close to a fifth of all unemployed people consist of those working in unskilled labor, with almost the same amount of registered unemployed noting their last employment as in the tourism and services sector.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste