According to the latest Labour Force survey estimates employment in the second quarter of 2012 increased by 2.1 per cent when compared to the same period last year.
During the period under review the Labour Force Survey indicated that almost half of the Maltese population aged 15 years an over were employed. It also states that there were 11,977 unemployed and 173,981 inactive persons.
The unemployment rate for this period was estimated to be at 6.5 per cent.
The Labour Force Survey concluded that there was an increase of 3 per cent in the activity of women, but the rate for male went down by a percentage point.