In January 2020, the unemployment rate stood at 6.7%, remaining unchanged from the previous month and increasing by 0.2 percentage points (pp) from three months before and from the same month of 2019. That value corresponds to a downwards revision of 0.2 pp of the provisional estimate released one month ago.
In comparison to the previous month, the unemployed population has increased by 1.8 thousand people (0.5%) and the employed population has increased by 8.1 thousand people (0.2%).
The provisional unemployment rate estimate for February 2020 was 6.5%, down 0.2 pp from the previous month’s level.
The information in this Press release does not yet reflect the current situation determined by the pandemic Covid-19. It is possible that the analysed trends may change. Nonetheless, the information available today is useful to establish a reference to assess future developments. Despite the circumstances, Statistics Portugal will try to maintain the statistical production and release calendar, although some adjustments might occur associated with the impact of the pandemic in obtaining primary information.
For this reason, Statistics Portugal asks for the best collaboration by firms, households and public entities in answering to Statistics Portugal‘s requests to obtain information, using Internet and telephone as alternative channels to face-to-face contacts. In fact, the quality of official statistics, particularly its ability to identify the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, depends crucially on this collaboration that Statistics Portugal is grateful for in advance.