On 28 March 2012, the States Statistics Unit published its review of Jersey's labour market for the period to December 2011.

Total employment in Jersey was 53,790, up almost 1% on calendar year 2010, and at the highest level for at least 15 years.

The data shows that the number of private sector employees engaged on contracts with part-time hours was higher in 2011 than at any time since the 1990s. This may have been as a result of factors such as the economic climate (employers having sought to reduce the wage bill by arranging for employees to work non-permanent hours) and/or as a result of changing attitudes to the work/life mix and a move towards more "flexible" working. By contrast, the total number of vacancies for full-time positions in the private sector was the lowest for 12 years.

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In relation to current levels of unemployment, figures released by the States of Jersey Social Security department show that, as at 30 June 2012, the total number of people registered as actively seeking work ("ASW") was 1,720 with 700 women and 1,020 men. This is 100 less than in February 2012, when ASW numbers peaked at 1,820.

Some unemployed Islanders registered as ASW continue to struggle to find work. More than one sixth of the 1,720 have been on the register for more than one year. Also, the number of teenagers (aged 16 to 19) registered has also increased, up from 20 to 280 persons, although 120 young people falling within this age band are now on the States' Advance to Work scheme.

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