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Annual drop in jobless rate continues

The official unemployment rate in Slovakia dipped to 8.33 percent at the end of May, which is down 0.17 percentage points from April, the Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ministry announced on June 19. This is a drop of 2.23 points since May 2006.

The number of job seekers able to take up work immediately was 216,732 at the end of May. This was 4,286 fewer than in April. When compared with May 2006, the figure is 53,486 fewer. As far as the number of job seekers in total, the Labour and Social Affairs office reported a total of 247,373 at the end of May, which is down by 5,962 since April and 55,261 from May 2006.

The unemployment rate calculated from the total number of all job seekers was 9.51 percent in May. This is a 0.23-percentage-point decrease compared to April and a 2.32-percentage-point drop year-on-year.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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