The number of available resident jobseekers registered with ADEM was 20,253 on 30 April 2020. Over one year, this represents an increase of 4,800 people, i.e. 31.1%. The unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonal variations, calculated by STATEC, is 6.9%.
This rise in unemployment observed during the month of April at the peak of the health crisis is mainly due to a drop in the number of people leaving the ADEM towards the labour market, rather than an increase in new registrations. Indeed, during the month of April 2020, ADEM opened 1,796 new registration files from resident jobseekers, a drop of 18.3% compared to April 2019. At the same time, the number of files closed fell from 2,512 in April 2019 to 884 in April 2020.
Moreover, ADEM, had to adapt the assistance of jobseekers in April 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.
The number of beneficiaries of an employment measure has decreased by 543 persons or 12.7% compared to April 2019. Due to a lack of employment opportunities, people completing an employment measures will again be among the available resident jobseekers. On the other hand, the number of new employment measures is very small in April.
During the month of April, employers reported 1,895 job vacancies to ADEM, which corresponds to a decrease of 43.2% compared to April 2019.