The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovakia concentrate on creating jobs for its inhabitants. Slovakia has one of the highest jobless rates of the 10 EU-accession states, with unemployment particularly high among the country's' recent university graduates, ethnic Roma minority, handicapped citizens and young parents.
The EC published a report on employment in the 10 candidate states that appealed to those states to increase employment and to transfer labour focus from agriculture and industry to the service sector. The report also recommended that candidates increase the qualifications of their respective workforces.
As of January 2003 Slovakia's average unemployment rate among persons ready to take up a job was 17.71 per cent, according to the National Labour Office, while a total unemployment rate was 19.18 per cent.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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21. Feb 2003 at 13:39