Unemployment in Malta and Gozo has plunged to a new low, according to official figures.
The jobless total stood at 1,642 in December – a fall of 7 per cent compared to the same month in 2018.
The figures were released by the state employment agency JobsPlus.
Meanwhile, EU statistics showed that the Maltese unemployment rate in December was one of the lowest in Europe at 3.4 per cent.
Eurostat said the lowest unemployment rate in the EU was recorded in the Czech Republic, at 2 per cent.
At the other end of the spectrum, unemployment in Greece stood at 16.6 per cent.