Long-term unemployed

Updated: 26 Feb 2019
Next update: 26 Mar 2019

Structural unemployment can be measured through the development in the number of those difficult to employ. The group of those difficult to employ includes the long-term unemployed, repeatedly unemployed, those becoming unemployed after a measure and those repeatedly circulating between measures. Reducing the number of these people has been the strategic objective of employment and economic development administration.

Long-term unemployed are those continuously registered as unemployed jobseekers for 12 months.

The repeatedly unemployed are those unemployed for more than 12 months in the last 16 months, excluding the aforementioned continuously long-term unemployed.

Those becoming unemployed after a measure are persons whose unemployment began after the end of a labour policy measure and, correspondingly, those transferring from measure to measure are persons who begin on another measure after the conclusion of the previous labour policy measure. The same person can only be included in one group of those difficult to employ at a time, because these groups are mutually exclusive and such information constitutes cross-sectional information for the last working day of each month.


Decrease in long-­term unemployment

At the end of January, the number of long­term unemployed who hadbeen unemployed without interruption for more than a year amounted to65,900, down 23,700 on the previous year. Of the long­term unemployed,39,200 were men and 26,600 were women, with the number ofunemployed men decreasing by 12,300 (­24%) from the previous yearand the number of women by 11,500 (­30%). The number of long­termunemployed who had been unemployed without interruption for morethan two years was 33,100, down by 13,300 from the previous yea