The number of unemployed people rose by 12 thousand to 642,000. Among the youth, the number of unemployed was marginally unchanged at 112,000 (from 114,000 in November). Increases were observed in the 25-45 years old group ( to 261,000 in December from 254,000 in November). Among people aged 44-65 the number of unemployed increased by 8,000 to 269,000.
The number of unemployment benefits increased by 16 thousands to 4441.000 in December.