The unemployment rate in Malta went down to 3.8 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to a downwardly revised 3.9 percent in the same period of the previous year. However, the number of unemployed persons rose by 272 to 9,159 and employed increased by 13,002 to 231,152. Also, 75.4 percent of unemployed people stated that they had been seeking work for less than 12 months. By genders, the jobless rate decreased for women (3.6 percent from 4 percent in Q2 2017) while it rose for men (4 percent from 3.9 percent). Meanwhile, the activity rate went up to 73.5 percent from 71.7 percent, with the highest rate being recorded among people aged 25-54 (85.4 percent). Thus, the employment rate went up to 70.6 percent from 68.9 percent. Unemployment Rate in Malta averaged 6.31 percent from 2001 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 8.24 percent in the third quarter of 2003 and a record low of 3.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Unemployment Rate in Malta is expected to be 4.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Malta to stand at 4.30 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malta Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 4.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-12-22 10:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.1% 4.2%
2018-03-26 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 3.7% 4.0% 3.8%
2018-06-28 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.4% 3.7% 4%
2018-09-27 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.4% 4.1%
2018-12-21 10:00 AM Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4%
2019-03-26 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.3%
2019-06-28 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 4.1%


Malta Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 3.80 4.40 8.24 3.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 203993.00 202929.00 203993.00 128206.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 1790.00 1813.00 8830.00 1778.00 [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 0.90 1.00 3.90 0.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 9.50 9.50 20.30 7.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 99.26 115.27 119.81 68.85 Index Points [+]
Wages 18945.26 18643.44 18945.26 10937.85 EUR/Year [+]
Minimum Wages 747.54 747.54 747.54 464.93 EUR/Month [+]
Population 0.48 0.46 0.48 0.30 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 62.00 62.00 62.00 61.00 [+]
Part Time Employment 29.60 29.30 31.70 8.60 Thousand [+]
Productivity 134.70 115.30 134.70 76.70 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.00 58.20 59.00 48.40 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 197.30 193.40 197.30 132.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 1.30 1.40 2.10 -1.40 percent [+]
Employment Rate 70.60 68.10 70.60 53.00 percent [+]


Malta Unemployment Rate

In Malta, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Malta Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Malta Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.80 4.40 8.24 3.70 2001 - 2018 percent Quarterly




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South Africa 27.50 Sep/18
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Brazil 11.70 Oct/18
Turkey 11.10 Aug/18
Italy 10.60 Oct/18
Argentina 9.60 Jun/18
France 9.10 Sep/18
Euro Area 8.10 Oct/18
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Jun/18
Canada 5.60 Nov/18
Indonesia 5.34 Sep/18
Australia 5.00 Oct/18
Russia 4.70 Oct/18
United Kingdom 4.10 Sep/18
South Korea 3.90 Oct/18
China 3.82 Sep/18
Netherlands 3.70 Oct/18
United States 3.70 Nov/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.30 Oct/18
Mexico 3.20 Oct/18
Switzerland 2.50 Nov/18
Japan 2.40 Oct/18
Singapore 2.10 Sep/18


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