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Employment and Unemployment in Lithuania

Lithuania

 

Statistics Lithuania informs that, according to the Labour Force Survey data, the unemployment rate in the country in I quarter 2012 stood at 14.5 per cent, which is by 0.6 percentage points more than in IV quarter 2011. In I quarter 2012, there were 230.9 thousand unemployed persons in the country, which is by 8.8 thousand (4 per cent) more than in IV quarter 2011. 

In I quarter 2012, the male unemployment rate stood at 16.5, the female one – at 12.4 per cent. Compared to IV quarter 2011, the male unemployment rate increased by 1.1 percentage points, while the female one remained unchanged. In I quarter 2012, 130.8 thousand men and 100.1 thousand women were unemployed. 


In I quarter 2012, the long-term unemployment rate stood at 7.3 per cent and was by 0.2 percentage points higher than in IV quarter 2011. The number of the long-term unemployed totalled 116.5 thousand, i.e. each second (50.5 per cent) unemployed person, which is by 2.2 thousand (1.9 per cent) more than in IV quarter 2011. 

There were 1 million 366 thousand persons working in the country 

In I quarter 2012, there were 1 million 366 thousand persons working in the country. Compared to IV quarter 2011, this figure dropped by 13.2 thousand (1 per cent). Over the quarter, the most noticeable decrease in the number of persons employed was observed in trade (11.1 thousand) and construction (9.6 thousand). 

In I quarter 2012, 659.9 thousand men and 706 thousand women were working in the country. Compared to IV quarter 2011, the number of working men decreased by 17.1 thousand, while that of working women – grew by 3.8 thousand. 

In I quarter 2012, nine out of ten (90 per cent) of the employed persons were working full-time. Men were working full-time more often than women – 92.5 and 87.7 per cent respectively. 

In I quarter 2012, the employment rate of persons aged 15–64 stood at 61.2 per cent; over the quarter, it decreased by 0.4 percentage points. The male (aged 15–64) employment rate stood at 61, the female one – at 61.3 per cent. In I quarter 2012, compared to IV quarter 2011, the male employment rate dropped by 1.4, the female one – grew by 0.5 percentage points. 

In I quarter 2012, the employment rate of the elderly (aged 55–64) stood at 51.1 per cent and, compared to IV quarter 2011, dropped by 0.1 percentage points. 

In I quarter 2012, there were 1 million 122 thousand inactive persons aged 15 and older in the country, which is by 11.1 thousand (1 per cent) less than in IV quarter 2011. 

The youth unemployment rate decreased by 3.3 percentage points 

In I quarter 2012, compared to IV quarter 2011, the youth (aged 15–24) unemployment rate in the country decreased by 3.3 percentage points and stood at 28.7 per cent. 

In I quarter 2012, there were 35.9 thousand unemployed persons aged 15–24; compared to IV quarter 2011, their number decreased by 6.3 thousand (14.9 per cent). In I quarter 2012, every thirteenth person aged 15–24 was unemployed. 

In I quarter 2012, there were 88.9 thousand employed persons aged 15–24 in the whole economy; compared to IV quarter 2011, this figure dropped by 0.9 thousand. 83 per cent of employed persons aged 15–24 were working full-time. 

In I quarter 2012, the youth (aged 15–24) employment rate stood at 19.8 per cent; over the quarter, it grew by 0.4 percentage points. In I quarter 2012, every fifth person aged 15–24 was employed.

In I quarter 2012, 324.9 thousand (72.2 per cent) persons aged 15–24 were inactive. Out of this number, 92.4 per cent were studying at school of higher education, vocational or general school.

  

 

Table 1. Unemployment rate
Per cent

 

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

Total

14.5


17.2

13.9

-2.7

0.6

males

16.5

20.4

15.4

-3.9

1.1

females

12.4

13.9

12.4

-1.5

0.0

Youth (aged 15–24)

28.7

34.1

32.0

-5.4

-3.3

Long-term unemployment rate

7.3

8.7

7.1

-1.4

0.2

Table 2. The unemployed
Thousand

 

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

thousand

per cent      

thousand

per cent

Total

230.9

277.6

222.1

-46.7

-16.8

8.8

4.0

males

130.8

165.8

122.8

-35.0

-21.1

8.0

6.5

females

100.1

111.7

99.2

-11.6

-10.4

0.9

0.9

Youth (aged 15–24)

35.9

48.0

42.2

-12.1

-25.2

-6.3

-14.9

Table 3. The unemployed by duration of unemployment
Thousand 

 

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

thousand

per cent   

thousand

per cent  

Total

230.9

277.6

222.1

-46.7

-16.8

8.8

4.0

under 1 month

15.5

13.5

19.2

2.0

14.8

-3.7

-19.3

1–5 months

55.7

59.8

50.6

-4.1

-6.9

5.1

10.1

6–11 months

43.1

63.3

38.0

-20.2

-31.9

5.1

13.4

1 year or more

116.5

141.0

114.3

-24.5

-17.4

2.2

1.9

Table 4. Economic activity of the population
Thousand

 

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

thousand

per cent

thousand

per cent

Labour force

1596.8

1618.0

1601.2

-21.2

-1.3

-4.4

-0.3

Employed persons

1365.9

1340.4

1379.1

25.5

1.9

-13.2

-1.0

males

659.9

646.5

677.0

13.4

2.1

-17.1

-2.5

females

706.0

693.9

702.2

12.1

1.7

3.8

0.5

The unemployed

230.9

277.6

222.1

-46.7

-16.8

8.8

4.0

Inactive population (aged 15 and older)

1122.1

1138.7

1133.2

-16.6

-1.5

-11.1

-1.0

Table 5. Employed population by economic activity
Thousand

NACE
Rev. 2

Economic activity

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

thousand

per cent

thousand

per cent

 

Total

1365.9

1340.4

1379.1

25.5

1.9

-13.2

-1.0

A

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

107.7

109.1

111.3

-1.4

-1.3

-3.6

-3.2

B–E

Industry

252.6

237.6

248.4

15.0

6.3

4.2

1.7

F

Construction

88.2

84.8

97.8

3.4

4.0

-9.6

-9.8

G–U

Services

917.4

909.0

921.6

8.4

0.9

-4.2

-0.5

Table 6. Employment rate
Per cent

 

I quarter 2012

2011

Growth, drop (-), percentage points,
I quarter 2012, compared to 2011

I quarter

IV quarter

I quarter

IV quarter

Employment rate (of the population aged 15–64)

61.2

59.1

61.6

2.1

-0.4

males

61.0

58.8

62.4

2.2

-1.4

females

61.3

59.5

60.8

1.8

0.5

Employment rate (of the population aged 20–64)

67.4

65.5

68.0

1.9

-0.6

Youth (aged 15–24) employment rate

19.8

19.4

19.4

0.4

0.4

Employment rate of the elderly (aged 55–64)

51.1

49.9

51.2

1.2

-0.1