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In the second quarter of 2013, the labour force was reduced by more than 150 thousand jobs, compared with the first quarter. Of those made unemployed, 39% stated that the main reason for their being unemployed was that their jobs were axed. More than a quarter (26%) stated that the reason for their unemployment was the expiration of their temporary contract
Approximately a quarter of the people whose jobs were axed or whose contracts were not renewed had not looked for new jobs, of at least twelve hours a week, during the second quarter. The corresponding figure for those who had stopped working for other reasons, e.g. illness, education, retirement or care duties, was 90%. The majority of them indicated they did not want to work or were unable to work.