By Andria Kades
The unemployment rate averaged last year at 16.1 per cent, marginally higher compared to 15.9 per cent the year before, the statistical service said.
In October to December, the percentage of people without a job was 16 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website today. The unemployment rate among men was 16.9 per cent while among women it was 15.1 per cent.
The unemployment rate among people in the age-group 15 to 24 was on average 35.9 per cent throughout 2014 and 33.7 per cent in the last quarter of the year, Cystat said citing the findings of its labour force survey. The unemployment rate among people aged 25 to 54 was 14.2 per cent in 2014 and 14.3 per cent in October to December.
Almost half of those without a job was unemployed for over 12 months last in the fourth quarter, Cystat said adding that the rate of long-term unemployed was 7.7 in 2014.