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Employment and unemployment (provisional estimates)

In November 2018 the number of employed people was substantially unchanged compared with October; even the employment rate was stable at 58.6%. The male employment increased while the female decreased.

After two months of growth, in November the number of unemployed people decreased (-0.9%, -25 thousand); the decline involved mainly women and persons aged 15-34. The unemployment rate dropped to 10.5% (-0.1 percentage points in a month) and the youth rate slight decreased to 31.6% (-0.6 percentage points).

In November, inactive people aged 15-64 rose (+0.2%, +26 thousand); the increase involved women and and extreme age groups, that is persons aged 15-24 and over50. The inactivity rate grew to 34.3% (+0.1 percentage points).

In the quarter September-November 2018 employment slightly went down compared with the previous quarter (-0.1%, -26 thousand). The decrease involved women and people aged 25-49.

In the same quarter, the fall of employment was accompanied by the decrease of inactivity (-0.2%, -32 thousand) while the unemployment went up (+1.3%, +35 thousand).

Employment rose by 0.4% (+99 thousand) compared with November 2017. The increase concerned only men and people aged over 50 (+275 thousand), while it decreased among people aged 15-49 (-175 thousand).

On a yearly basis, the growth of employment was accompanied by the fall of unemployment (-4.3%, -124 thousand) and of inactivity (-0.4%, -49 thousand).

Reference period: November 2018

Date of Issue: 09 January 2019

Next release: 31 January 2019

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