According to the Labour Force Survey, Estonia's unemployment rate was 10.2% in the 1st quarter of 2013 year on year and up from 9.3% in Q4.
The estimated number of unemployed persons was 71,000, which was by 7,000 persons more compared to the previous quarter. The unemployment increased among men as well as among women.
The unemployment rate of persons aged 25–49 was 9.9%. The unemployment of persons aged 15–24 exceeded More than half of the 7,000 unemployed persons who were added compared to the previous quarter were under 25 years of age.
The number of the unemployed grew primarily due to the growth of short-term unemployment. The number of long-term unemployed (i.e. people who had been looking for a job for one year or more) remained unchanged (33,000). The long-term unemployment rate was 4.7% in the 1st quarter.
In the 1st quarter, the employment rate of the population aged 15–74 was 60.8%. The estimated number of employed persons was 623,000 and it remained on the same level compared to the previous quarter.
Statistics Estonia has been conducting the Labour Force Survey since 1995 and every quarter 5,000 persons participate in the survey. The Labour Force Survey is carried out by statistical organisations in all the European Union Member States on the basis of a harmonised methodology.