The number of gainfully occupied increased by 12,500 in November 2019 from the year before, according to the latest available data by Jobsplus. The total represents a rise of 5.9 percent in the labour supply year-on-year to reach 224,737 in the eleventh month of 2019.
Nearly 11,500 new employment registrations were recorded in the private sector while 1,068 jobs were added to the public sector over the year under review. The figures mean that the public sector employed 48,756 people by November, a fifth of the gainfully occupied population.
Both fulltime self-employed and fulltime employees increased by 5.9 percent compared with the same month the previous year. The share of self-employed was 24,727, according to the estimates, 11 percent of the total labour supply. Meanwhile, a higher surge was observed among women, registering an increase of 6.1 percent while fulltime employment among men grew by 5.8 percent.
The growth was reflected across all sectors, except for activities of households as employers, which declined by one person since 2018. Administrative and support service activities recorded the highest increase in employment with 2,264, followed by construction with 2,079.
The biggest employer by sector was wholesale and retail trade, and repair of motor vehicles, accounting for over 28,000 people in fulltime employment. The manufacturing sector employed some 22,200 people while 22,063 worked in administration service activities which include rental services, tour operators, employment activities and security services. The three fields account for a third of the global fulltime population.
Jobs in Gozo grew overall but there were decreases in the areas of mining and quarrying, transportation and storage, water supply and waste management, and information and communication. There were 40 new gainfully occupied in the sector of electricity and gas supply in Gozo, the only area that saw a decrease in Malta.