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Statistiche-NSO-2This release presents a number of key indicators emerging from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The indicators presented refer to the period 2014 to 2019 and a comparison with EU 28 levels is given for 2019 data.

The LFS is considered as one of the most important monitoring tools across the European Union for assessing progress made on employment rates and educational attainment. It is the source of three of the main headline indicators of Europe’s 2020 targets, namely, employment rate, early school leavers and tertiary educational attainment.

Key facts:

1. In 2019, the national employment rate for the 20 to 64 age group was 76.8 per cent surpassing the national Europe 2020 target at 70 per cent (Chart 3).

2. The services sector was the main contributor to the increase in employment rates between 2014 and 2019 (Tables 2 and 3).

3. Activity rates increased signifi cantly between 2014 and 2019, especially among females (Table 1).

4. The unemployment rate in 2019 stood at 3.6 per cent, well below the EU 28 average of 6.3 per cent (Table 9).

5. In 2019, 5 out of every 100 persons between 15 and 24 years were unemployed. At EU 28 level 6 out of every 100 youths were unemployed (Table 10).

6. During 2019, the share of youths not in employment, education or training (NEET) stood at 8.5 per cent (Table 11). This fi gure is below the EU 28 average of 10.1 per cent.

7. The rate of early leavers from education and training (ESL) stood at 17.2 per cent, a drop of 3.7 percentage points over a span of six years. The rate is still above Malta’s Europe 2020 target of 10 per cent and above the EU 28 average for 2019 (10.3 per cent).

8. A steady increase in the share of persons between 30 and 34 years with tertiary educational attainment has been registered between 2014 and 2019. In 2019, the rate stood at 38.1 per cent hence reaching the EU 2020 national target of 33 per cent (Chart 10).

9. Females tend to outperform males in all education-related indicators (Tables 13 to 16). By contrast, males are more likely to be in the labour market at a younger age and they also tend to stay in employment for a longer time when compared to females.

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