In February, the number of unemployed people was 213 thousand, which is 46 thousand more than a year earlier. The unemployment rate rose from 1.0 percentage to 4.5 percent. Compared to January, the number of unemployed people decreased by 25,000 and the unemployment rate by 0.5 percentage points, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) reported on Tuesday.
In the three-month period of December 2020 and February 2021, the average number of unemployed was 217 thousand, 53 thousand more than a year earlier. The unemployment rate of 4.5 percent was 1.1 percentage points higher than the previous year.