Employment Statistics – 4th quarter of 2015
The employment estimated for the 4th quarter of 2015 is up 2,4% from the same quarter of 2014 and down 2,2% from previous quarter.
The unemployment rate estimated for the 4th quarter of 2015 was 12,6%. This value is down 2,9 percentage points (p.p.) from the same quarter of 2014 and up 0,5 p.p. from previous quarter.
The national average was 12,2%. (The region of Centro is the lowest rate with 9,0%).
Consumer Price Index - January 2016
The 12-month average rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), was 1,09% in January 2016. The annual rate increased to 1,32%. The monthly rate was in January 2016 -0,95%.
December Retail Sales Index
December retail sales index– foodstuffs decrease by 0.01%, constant prices (correct for seasonality and calendar effects) from November. The 12 month average shows a 0.39% decrease of the index value.
In 2015 the total international withdrawals in the Azores was 32,9 million euros, an increase of 10% regarding 2014 numbers, and the international purchases with credit and debit cards increased by 24,1% to a total amount of 40,8 million euros.
The national values increased by 3,2% (withdrawals) and 8,7% (purchases), comparing with 2014.
Average values were 129 € for international withdrawals and 58 € for national.