The number of registered unemployed decreased marginally in June 2020 compared to the previous month, despite the large increase of 64.3% recorded on an annual basis due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data released Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, the unemployed persons, registered at the District Labour Offices on the last day of June 2020, reached 31,158 persons. Based on the seasonally adjusted data that show the trend of unemployment, the number of registered unemployed for June 2020 decreased to 33.538 persons in comparison to 33,797 in the previous month.
In comparison with June 2019, an increase of 12,198 persons or 64.3% was recorded, attributed mainly to the sectors of accommodation and food service activities (an increase of 6,880), trade (an increase of 1,757), transportation and storage (an increase of 820), administrative and support service activities (an increase of 635), professional, scientific and technical activities (an increase of 456) and arts, entertainment and recreation (an increase of 355).
It is noted that according to the information of the Department of Labour, the comparison of the data since March 2020 and onwards, with the data of the previous months is not considered objective. This is due to the implementation by the Public Employment Service of the extraordinary measures announced by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance for automatic renewals of registered unemployed and new registrations of unemployed people without their physical presence in order to avoid the spread of coronavirus.