The number of available resident jobseekers registered with ADEM was 18,398 on 31 March 2020. Over one year, this represents an increase of 2 728 people, i.e. 17.4%. The unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonal variations, calculated by STATEC, is 6.1%.
This significant increase comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis.
· In March 2020, ADEM opened 3 142 new files for resident jobseekers, an increase of 25.2% compared to March 2019. This increase occurred during the week of March 16, following the confinement. The influx is mainly due to temporary workers in the construction industry, a sector that has been totally shut down since then. Since the week of 23 March, the opening of new jobseekers’ files fell back to the level observed at the beginning of the month.
· With the labour market slowing down, jobseekers are facing difficulties to find work, and are leaving from unemployment at a slower pace. Moreover, ADEM, had to adapt the assistance of jobseekers as it is no longer able to physically receive jobseekers at least once a month on an individual basis. These new procedures no longer make it possible to keep the registers of job seekers as accurate as before the crisis, particularly as regards the closure of files. During March 2020, the number of files closed for whatever reason fell from 2 935 to 1 942.
· The labour market measures have come to a standstill. While those who are able to do so have their employment measures extended, since the second half of March hardly anyone has started a new measure. The number of people benefiting from an employment measure was 4,148 on 31 March 2020, a decrease of 175 people over one year.
During the month of March, employers reported 2,412 job vacancies to ADEM, which corresponds to a decrease of 35.1% compared to March 2019. The vast majority of these positions, 72%, were declared during the first half of March.