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EC: Slovakia needs jobs

THE EUROPEAN Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovakia concentrate on creating jobs for its inhabitants. The country has one of the highest jobless rates of the 10 EU-accession states, with unemployment particularly high among the country's recent university graduates, the Roma, handicapped citizens, and young parents.

An EC report on employment in the 10 candidate states appeals to those states to increase employment and to transfer labour focus from agriculture and industry to the service sector. The report also recommends that candidates increase the qualifications of their respective workforces

As of January 2003, Slovakia's average unemployment rate among people ready to take a job was 17.71 per cent, according to the National Labour Office, while the total unemployment rate was 19.18 per cent.

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