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05-09-2019 13:08

Labour Force Survey (LFS): 2nd quarter 2019

Unemployment 6,5%

According to the results of the Labour Force Survey, the labour force in the 2nd quarter of 2019 amounted to 447.364 persons or 62,8% of the population (males 68,6%, females 57,4%) in comparison to 434.191 persons (62,0%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018 (Table 1).

The number of employed persons was 418.374 and the employment rate 58,7% (males 64,2%, females 53,6%) in comparison to 402.302 persons (57,4%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

The number of unemployed persons amounted to 28.989 and the unemployment rate to 6,5% of the labour force (males 6,3%, females 6,7%) in comparison with 31.888 persons (7,3%) in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

 

Employment (Table 2)

For the age group 20-64, the employment rate was 76,6%. The rate for males was 81,9% and for females 71,5%. In the corresponding quarter of 2018 the rate was 74,9% (males 80,0%, females 70,0%). For the age group 55-64 the employment rate was 62,4% in comparison to 61,7% in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

According to the distribution of employment by sector, the biggest percentage of employed persons was in Services (79,4%), followed by Manufacturing (18,1%) and Agriculture (2,5%). For the 2nd quarter of 2018, the corresponding percentages were: Services 81,6%, Manufacturing 16,3% and Agriculture 2,1%.

The share of part-time employment to total employment was 11,5% or 47.959 persons (males 8,2%, females 15,1%). The corresponding rate for the 2nd quarter of 2018 was 12,1% (males 9,4%, females 15,0%).

86,2% or 360.746 of the total employed persons were employees, of which 14,4% (51.934 persons) had a temporary job. In the corresponding quarter of 2018 employees accounted for 87,1% of total employment of which 15,0% had a temporary job.

Unemployment (Table 3)

For young persons aged 15-24 years old, the unemployment rate was 14,9% of the labour force of the same age group (males 21,1%, females 9,5%) in comparison to 17,9% (males 24,1%, females 12,7%) in the corresponding quarter of last year.

As far as the duration of unemployment is concerned, 50,8% of the total unemployed persons searched for a job for a period of less than six months, 17,5% for a period of 6-11 months, whereas a percentage of 31,7% were long-term unemployed. The corresponding rates for the 2nd quarter of 2018 were 44,8%, 21,5% and 33,7%.

 

Table 1

 

 

 

 

Number

 

Percentage (%)

 2nd Quarter 2019

2nd Quarter 2018

 

2nd Quarter 2019

2nd Quarter 2018

Labour Force

 

 

 

 

 

Total

447.364

434.191

 

62,8

62,0

Males

235.993

226.803

 

68,6

67,2

Females

211.370

207.388

 

57,4

57,1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment

 

 

 

 

 

Total

418.374

402.302

 

58,7

57,4

Males

221.099

210.374

 

64,2

62,4

Females

197.275

191.928

 

53,6

52,8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unemployment

 

 

 

 

 

Total

28.989

31.888

 

6,5

7,3

Males

14.894

16.429

 

6,3

7,2

Females

14.095

15.459

 

6,7

7,5

 

Table 2

 

Employment

Number

 

Percentage (%)

 

2nd Quarter                  2019

2nd Quarter                  2018

 

2nd Quarter  2019

2nd Quarter 2018

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15+

418.374

221.099

197.275

402.302

210.374

191.928

 

58,7

64,2

53,6

57,4

62,4

52,8

 

20–64

401.163

208.371

192.793

389.221

201.239

187.983

 

76,6

81,9

71,5

74,9

80,0

70,0

 

55–64

65.135

37.348

27.788

63.799

36.193

27.607

 

62,4

72,4

52,5

61,7

71,3

52,4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture

10.476

7.962

2.514

8.516

6.801

1.716

 

2,5

3,6

1,3

2,1

3,2

0,9

 

Industry

75.570

61.402

14.168

65.455

54.028

11.427

 

18,1

27,8

7,2

16,3

25,7

6,0

 

Services

332.327

151.735

180.593

328.330

149.547

178.786

 

79,4

68,6

91,5

81,6

71,1

93,1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-time

370.416

203.023

167.392

353.718

190.507

163.211

 

88,5

91,8

84,9

87,9

90,6

85,0

 

Part-time

47.959

18.076

29.883

48.584

19.867

28.717

 

11,5

8,2

15,1

12,1

9,4

15,0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-employed

57.628

36.383

21.245

52.052

33.376

18.676

 

13,8

16,5

10,8

12,9

15,9

9,7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

360.746

184.716

176.030

350.250

176.998

173.252

 

86,2

83,5

89,2

87,1

84,1

90,3

 

Permanent

308.812

166.168

142.645

297.626

156.436

141.190

 

85,6

90,0

81,0

85,0

88,4

81,5

 

Temporary

51.934

18.548

33.385

52.624

20.562

32.062

 

14,4

10,0

19,0

15,0

11,6

18,5

 

 

Table 3

Unemployment

Number

 

Percentage (%)

2nd Quarter                  2019

2nd Quarter                  2018

 

2nd Quarter                  2019

 2nd Quarter                  2018

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

 

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Tot.

Male

Fem.

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15+

28.989

14.894

14.095

31.888

16.429

15.459

 

6,5

6,3

6,7

7,3

7,2

7,5

15–24

5.341

3.520

1.821

6.661

4.065

2.596

 

14,9

21,1

9,5

17,9

24,1

12,7

25–64

23.461

11.187

12.275

25.183

12.320

12.863

 

5,9

5,4

6,5

6,5

6,1

7,0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

< 6 μήνες

14.729

7.603

7.127

14.273

6.972

7.301

 

50,8

51,0

50,5

44,8

42,4

47,2

6–11 μήνες

5.080

2.986

2.094

6.860

4.285

2.575

 

17,5

20,1

14,9

21,5

26,1

16,7

12+ μήνες

9.181

4.305

4.876

10.756

5.172

5.583

 

31,7

28,9

34,6

33,7

31,5

36,1

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:

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

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

(MG)