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Women in Malta have played a very important role in increasing the number of workers in the labour market in Malta from 68.8% in 2015 to 77.1% in 2020 over a six year period.
This emerges from a number of indicators published by the National Statistics Office on the labour market in Malta between 2015 and 2020 and how they compare with the levels recorded in the 27 member states of the European Union.
The NSO said that in the year of the epidemic, the employment rate in Malta for people aged 20-64 was 77.3% and exceeded the European target of 70%.
It said the services sector has been the biggest contributor to the increase in the employment rate during these six years.
It also turns out that the rate of active working people has risen sharply, especially among women and those aged 55-64. In fact, while the activity rate of men has increased by 3.9% in the last six years, that of women has tripled to 12.1%.
The NSO added that the unemployment rate in Malta in 2020 was 4.4%, ie 2.7% lower than the European average of 7.1%. Also, during the last year, six out of every hundred young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were out of work.
At the same time, the number of young people not in employment, education or training accounted for 9.3% during 2020. This figure was below the EU average of 11.1 percent.
The dropout rate in 2020 was 12.6%, with a decline over the past six years. However, the rate remained above the European target of 10%.
The NSO survey also showed a steady increase in the number of people aged 30-34 with a tertiary level of education between 2015 and 2020. During this year, the rate was 39.8% and exceeded the European national target of 33%.