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22-11-2019 14:10

Labour Force Survey (LFS): 3rd quarter 2019

Unemployment 6,7%

According to the results of the Labour Force Survey, the labour force in the 3rd quarter of 2019 amounted to 447.206 persons or 63,0% of the population (males 69,5%, females 56,9%) in comparison to 442.456 persons (63,1%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018 (Table 1).

The number of employed persons was 417.118 and the employment rate 58,7% (males 65,9%, females 52,2%) in comparison to 407.728 persons (58,2%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

The number of unemployed persons amounted to 30.088 and the unemployment rate to 6,7% of the labour force (males 5,3%, females 8,4%) in comparison to 34.728 persons (7,8%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

 

 Employment (Table 2)

For the age group 20-64, the employment rate was 75,7%. The rate for males was 82,6% and for females 69,2%. In the corresponding quarter of 2018 the rate was 74,6% (males 80,8%, females 69,0%). For the age group 55-64 the employment rate was 61,7% in comparison to 62,2% in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

According to the distribution of employment by sector, the biggest percentage of employed persons was in Services (78,8%), followed by Manufacturing (18,9%) and Agriculture (2,3%). For the 3rd quarter of 2018, the corresponding percentages were: Services 81,1%, Manufacturing 16,4% and Agriculture 2,5%.

The share of part-time employment to total employment was 10,6% or 44.241 persons (males 7,8%, females 13,9%). The corresponding rate for the 3rd quarter of 2018 was 10,6% (males 7,9%, females 13,7%).

86,5% or 360.790 of the total employed persons were employees, of which 14,2% (51.111 persons) had a temporary job. In the corresponding quarter of 2018 employees accounted for 86,7% of total employment of which 14,0% had a temporary job.

Unemployment (Table 3)

For young persons aged 15-24 years old, the unemployment rate was 15,6% of the labour force of the same age group (males 18,3%, females 13,3%) in comparison to 17,0% (males 20,4%, females 14,3%) in the corresponding quarter of last year.

As far as the duration of unemployment is concerned, 57,8% of the total unemployed persons searched for a job for a period of less than six months, 11,3% for a period of 6-11 months, whereas a percentage of 30,9% were long-term unemployed. The corresponding rates for the 3rd quarter of 2018 were 54,5%, 13,4% and 32,1%.

Table 1

 

 

 

 

Number

 

Percentage (%)

 3rd Quarter 2019

3rd Quarter 2018

 

3rd Quarter 2019

3rd Quarter 2018

Labour Force

 

 

 

 

 

Total

447.206

442.456

 

63,0

63,1

Males

236.536

232.099

 

69,5

69,1

Females

210.670

210.358

 

56,9

57,6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

 

 

 

Total

417.118

407.728

 

58,7

58,2

Males

224.082

215.648

 

65,9

64,2

Females

193.035

192.080

 

52,2

52,6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unemployment

 

 

 

 

 

Total

30.088

34.728

 

6,7

7,8

Males

12.453

16.450

 

5,3

7,1

Females

17.635

18.278

 

8,4

8,7

 

Table 2

 

Employment

Number

 

Percentage (%)

 

3rd Quarter                  2019

3rd Quarter                  2018

 

3rd Quarter  2019

3rd Quarter 2018

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15+

417.118

224.082

193.035

407.728

215.648

192.080

 

58,7

65,9

52,2

58,2

64,2

52,6

 

20–64

401.775

212.869

188.905

392.224

204.637

187.587

 

75,7

82,6

69,2

74,6

80,8

69,0

 

55–64

63.818

37.496

26.322

63.313

35.394

27.919

 

61,7

73,9

50,0

62,2

71,4

53,4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture

9.630

7.262

2.368

10.025

7.172

2.853

 

2,3

3,2

1,2

2,5

3,3

1,5

 

Industry

78.952

65.218

13.736

66.847

55.146

11.700

 

18,9

29,1

7,1

16,4

25,6

6,1

 

Services

328.535

151.603

176.933

330.857

153.327

177.525

 

78,8

67,7

91,7

81,1

71,1

92,4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-time

372.877

206.693

166.184

364.407

198.640

165.768

 

89,4

92,2

86,1

89,4

92,1

86,3

 

Part-time

44.241

17.389

26.851

43.321

17.009

26.313

 

10,6

7,8

13,9

10,6

7,9

13,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-employed

56.328

36.499

19.828

54.066

34.371

19.696

 

13,5

16,3

10.3

13,3

15,9

10,3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

360.790

187.583

173.207

353.662

181.277

172.384

 

86,5

83,7

89,7

86,7

84,1

89,7

 

Permanent

309.679

169.425

140.254

304.163

162.391

141.771

 

85,8

90,3

81,0

86,0

89,6

82,2

 

Temporary

51.111

18.158

32.953

49.499

18.886

30.613

 

14,2

9,7

19,0

14,0

10,4

17,8

 

 

Table 3

Unemployment

Number

 

Percentage (%)

3rd Quarter                  2019

3rd Quarter                  2018

 

3rd Quarter                  2019

 3rd Quarter                  2018

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15+

30.088

12.453

17.635

34.728

16.450

18.278

 

6,7

5,3

8,4

7,8

7,1

8,7

15–24

5.489

2.977

2.512

6.519

3.507

3.012

 

15,6

18,3

13,3

17,0

20,4

14,3

25–64

24.442

9.380

15.063

27.982

12.810

15.172

 

6,1

4,5

8,0

7,1

6,3

8,1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

< 6 μήνες

17.382

6.021

11.359

18.927

8.224

10.704

 

57,8

48,4

64,4

54,5

50,0

58,5

6–11 μήνες

3.414

1.587

1.828

4.665

2.677

1.988

 

11,3

12,7

10,4

13,4

16,3

10,9

12+ μήνες

9.292

4.844

4.447

11.135

5.551

5.585

 

30,9

38,9

25,2

32,1

33,7

30,6

Note: Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding error.

 

METHODOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Survey Identity

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is conducted in all European Union member states in accordance with Council Regulation 577/98 of the European Union every quarter. The aim of the survey is the collection of data which are useful in the formulation of policy on labour matters (employment, unemployment) and for pursuing and evaluating of the programs that are applied both by the Government and by the European Union.

Coverage and collection of data

The LFS covers a sample of 3.800 households in all districts of Cyprus, which are allocated according to the number of households that reside in urban and rural areas. For comparability of the results, in all member states, the survey covers the population of private households only. It does not cover persons residing in collective households (i.e. institutions, homes for the aged, hospitals, monasteries etc.), conscripts on compulsory military service, students who study abroad and Cypriots who work abroad.

The collection of data from the Statistical Service is done with personal interviews and the use of portable computers as well as with telephone interviews.

Definitions

Labour Force / Economically Active Population – The total number of the employed and unemployed persons aged 15 years and over.

Employed – Persons aged 15 years and over who during the reference week worked for at least one hour, as well as persons who had a job but were temporarily absent from work.

Unemployed – Persons aged 15 years and over who comply to the following standards:

• Neither worked nor had a job from which they were temporarily absent during the reference week.

• They had actively sought for work, i.e. had taken specific steps during the previous four weeks to find work.

• They were available to start work within the two weeks following the reference week.

And or,

• Persons who neither worked nor had a job from which they were temporarily absent, but found a job which will start within a period of at most three months.

• They were available to start work within the two weeks following the reference week

Long-term unemployed – Persons aged 15 years and over who searched for work for a period of 12 months or more.

Inactive – Persons aged 15 years and over who are neither employed nor unemployed.

Labour Force participation rate – The number of persons in the Labour Force for any group expressed as a percentage of the total population in the same group.

Employment rate - The number of employed persons for any group expressed as a percentage of the total population in the same group.

Unemployment rate – The number of unemployed persons of any group expressed as a percentage of the labour force in the same group. 

 

Further information:

Statistical Service (CYSTAT) Website, subthemes Employment and Unemployment

Contact

Christophoros Michaelides: Τel: +35722602154, Email: cmichaelides@cystat.mof.gov.cy

Eleni Christodoulidou: Tel: +35722602142, Email: echristodoulidou@cystat.mof.gov.cy

(MG/SCH)