Number of resident jobseekers inches up
But fewer non-residents registered with Luxembourg employment agency
The number of resident jobseekers registered with Luxembourrg’s emloyment agency ADEM rose by 0.5% – just 84 people – in April, compared to a year earlier.
As of 30 April 2019, the number of registered residents jobseekers stood at 15,453.
The rise was due to the fact that more people can now apply for the benefits because of a change in the rules, which are meant not just for the unemployed, but also for instance for single parents on low income.
The ‘social inclusion income’ scheme, or REVIS, aims at making it easier for people to get back into professional life. The scheme replaced the former guaranteed basic unemployment benefits this year.
The number of available non-resident jobseekers – for instance commuters who lost their jobs – stands at 2,525, the data showed, which marks a decrease of 4.4% compared to April 2018.
The number of beneficiaries of an employment measure – in which the government provides subsidies and schooling for previously unemployed workers – stood at 4,283 as of April 30, 2019. Over one year, this represents a decrease of 109 people, or 2.5%.
During the month of April 2019, employers reported 3,336 vacancies at ADEM, 70 more than in April 2018.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate calculated by STATEC, Luxembourg’s statistics bureau, is at 5.4%, slightly lower than the rate recorded at 5.6% in April 2018.