The total number of unemployed registered in Portugal in March, the month in which Portugal entered a state of emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “was higher than that seen in the same month of 2019 (plus 9,985) and also compared to the previous month (28.199 more)”, says the IEFP, in information made available on its website.
“The increase in registered unemployment, compared to the same month of 2019, all groups of the unemployed file contributed, with emphasis on men, adults aged 25 years and over, those registered for less than a year, those who were looking for a new job and those with secondary school education”, reads the statement.
At the end of March, there were registered in the employment services of the continent and autonomous regions, “343,761 unemployed individuals, a number that represents 70.9 percent of a total of 485 job applications”, says the IEFP.
In February, the number of registered unemployed reached 315,562, a decrease of 1.6 percent compared to January (320,558) and a decrease of 7.9 percent in year-on-year terms.
In regional terms, registered unemployment rose in four regions, with the exception of the North and autonomous regions.
“The increase seen in year-on-year terms stands out in the Algarve region (+ 41.4 percent) and in the Alentejo region (+ 9.8 percent)”, whereas, “in contrast, in year-on-year terms, is the region of the Azores (-8.8 percent)”, points out the IEFP.
With regard to unsatisfied job offers, according to the Employment and Vocational Training Institute, these amounted to 12,305 at the end of last month, across the country, which corresponds to “an annual reduction (-4,399; -26.1 percent) and monthly (-1,514; -11.0 percent)”.