In December, there were 158,629 unemployed persons enrolled at the regional employment centers, about 10,486 more persons than in the previous month. Compared to the same month a year earlier, unemployment increased by 11,260 persons (+7.6 percent).
The number of jobseekers reached 220,209 in December 2015, more 9,323 persons than in the previous month and 16,283 more than a year earlier (+8.0 percent).
Youth unemployment (15 to 24 year old) increased by 568 persons (+2.8 percent) to 20,622. Compared with the previous month, this represents an increase of 1,461 people (+ 7.6 percent).