The proportion of the population employed in teleworking in the second quarter of this year was 14.9%, a reduction of 7.6 percentage points (pp) compared to the same quarter of 2020, said today the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

According to employment statistics for the second quarter of 2021, published today by INE, “the proportion of the employed population that was teleworking in the 2nd quarter of 2021 (14.9%) was 7.6 pp lower than the proportion observed in the same quarter of 2020”.

INE also detailed that these 14.9% correspond to 717.0 thousand people.

The institute indicated, on the other hand, that “this employment provision scheme covered 14.9% of the total employed population, 5.8 pp less than in the previous quarter, still corresponding to the third highest proportion of this indicator since it began to be followed for five trimesters”.

The unemployment rate in the second quarter of this year “was estimated at 6.7%, 0.4 percentage points (pp) lower than in the previous quarter”, having, however, increased by 1 pp compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the INE.

According to the organization, in the second quarter of this year “the unemployment rate was higher than the national average in four regions of the country”.

Thus, INE highlighted the unemployment rate in the Algarve (10.2%), Autonomous Region of Madeira (8.4%), Alentejo (7.9%) and Autonomous Region of the Azores (6.8%). in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area it was 6.7%, equal to the national figure, and lower in the remaining two regions – North (6.3%) and Center (6.2%).

INE also added that the unemployed population, “estimated at 345.7 thousand people, decreased by 4.0% (14.4 thousand) compared to the previous quarter and increased by 24.2% (67.3 thousand) compared to the same quarter of the previous year, the first covered by a declaration of a state of emergency”.

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