5,323 Ukrainian refugees registered as unemployed in Estonia

  • 2022-08-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - As of Aug. 21, altogether 5,323 beneficiaries of international protection linked to Ukraine had registered as unemployed with the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, accounting for 11.1 percent of all registered unemployed in Estonia.

Over the past week from Aug. 15 to 21, altogether 338 Ukrainian refugees registered with the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, figures made available by the fund show.

During the week, the registered jobless status of 66 beneficiaries of international protection connected with Ukraine was terminated. In the case of 39 of them the jobless status was terminated at their own request and in the case of 25 due to the person having found a job. A total of 5,348 such people have been withdrawn from the unemployment register to date, 3,121 of them due to finding a job.

A total of 54.6 percent of the war refugees registered as unemployed were looking for work in Harju County, 11.6 percent in East-Viru County and 9 percent in Tartu County.

Of the registered unemployed beneficiaries of international protection, 80.1 percent are women and 19.9 percent men. By age group, 10.9 percent of the people registered as unemployed are in the 16-24 age group, 75.3 percent are in the 25-54 age group and 13.8 percent are aged over 55.

As much as 62.4 percent of the Ukrainian refugees who have registered as unemployed have higher education and 11.5 percent have vocational education. Of the registered unemployed, 16.5 percent are without professional education and the education level is unspecified in the case of 9.6 percent of registered unemployed.

By last occupation, service and sales employees make up the biggest share, 19.3 percent, followed by top specialists with 17.4 percent and technicians and mid-level specialists with 12.3 percent. Those with no previous work experience make up 13.4 percent.

Of the new unemployed registered last week, 130 or 38.5 percent are recipients of unemployment benefits. In total, 75.7 percent of those registered receive a benefit or allowance.