MORE THAN 85,000 Slovaks have never held a job, and have therefore never had a chance to develop work experience, Poštová Banka analysts wrote in their latest economic weekly based on the Statistics Office data for the first quarter of 2014.

“These are not only people who finished school last year ... but also people who have not managed to land jobs for years,” reads the report, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “This makes their position on the Slovak job market all the more complicated, as there are dozens of jobless people per each vacancy.”

The Statistics Office found that these 85,600 Slovaks who have never worked represent one-fifth of all unemployed. Another 76,800 people who are currently unemployed held a previous job in industrial production, as reported by TASR.

Industry is the largest employer from all sectors. The number of people employed in industry dropped by 20 percent during the crisis, and the sector’s employment numbers have still not recovered.

Other sectors with the largest number of unemployed Slovaks are construction, wholesale and retail trade.

“Before becoming unemployed, as many as 33,300 Slovaks worked in construction,” the report states, as quoted by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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