In April 2011, employed are 22,895,000 units, down by 0.3% (-71 thousand units) compared to March, following the sharp rise in the previous month. The decrease is due to both the male and the female component. In comparison with last year, employment is virtually unchanged (-0.1%).
The employment rate is equal to 56.9%, down by 0.2 percentage points compared to both March 2011 and April 2010. The number of unemployed amounted to 2.005 thousand, a decrease of 2.9% compared to March (-60 thousand units). The fall affects both the male and the female component. On an annual basis the number of unemployed dropped by 7.6% (-164 thousand units). The unemployment rate amounts to 8.1%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points compared to March. On an annual basis there is a drop of 0.6 percentage points. The youth unemployment rate amounts to 28.5%, registering a downturn of 0.1 percentage points. Against the descent of the employed and unemployed, inactive people between 15 and 64 years increased by 1.0% (+152 thousand units) compared to the previous month, bringing the rate of inactivity at 38.1%, 0.6 percentage points more than in April 2010.