In general unemployment has not been a problem for Estonia in recent years. Still a part of unemployment is somewhat problematic – long-term unemployment. In 2007 more than half of the unemployed were unemployed for more than 6 months and most of them in turn were unemployed for more than a year. More than a quarter were unemployed more than 2 years. The situation was slightly better among women compared to men.
It also emerged from the data, that long term unemployment was prevalent among the elderly (50-74-year-olds). About 55% of the unemployed in this age group were unemployed for more than 2 years. There are more long-term unemployed among the Non-Estonians – 56% of the Non-Estonians compared to 43% of the Estonians were unemployed for more than one year.
In comparison to the rest of the European Union (EU) countries: long-term unemployment has been constantly higher as a percentage of the total unemployment, e.g. in 2007 the EU27 average was 43.1% and the Estonian figure was 52.8%.