Cyprus Mail

Long-term unemployed number almost 20,000

The number of unemployed people remains high as jobs are handed out based on sentiment and not merit

Almost 20,000 people had been unemployed for more than six months – 41 per cent of the total unemployed – at the end of December, labour department statistics show.

The majority of the 19, 645 long-term unemployed were secretaries or typists (3,909), followed by unskilled workers (3,790), production technicians (3,142) and the services sector (2,653).

By economic activity, 5,227 or 26.6 per cent of long-term unemployed come from the services sector, 3,743, or 19.1 per cent from the trade sector, 3,258, or 16.6 per cent from the construction sector and 2,189, or 11.1 per cent from the manufacturing sector.

The largest concentration of long-term unemployed were in the district of Nicosia (37 per cent), Limassol (27 [per cent , Larnaca (22 per cent), Paphos (10 per cent) and Famagusta (4 per cent). (CNA)

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