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July jobless rate down to 13.65 percent

THE REGISTERED unemployment rate in Slovakia for July decreased by 0.26 percent month-on-month to 13.65 percent. Compared to July of 2003 the unemployment rate decreased by 0.84 percent, the SITA news agency wrote.

The number of people looking for work who were ready to take up a job immediately represented 357,531 people at the end of the month, which is 6,700 less than a month ago, the spokesman for the national labour office, Peter Zemaník, said to SITA.

"Prognoses indicate that the registered jobless rate might further decline to about 13.3 percent in August," he said.

The Košice region in eastern Slovakia reported the highest registered unemployment rate of 20.19 percent, followed by Banská Bystrica with 19.67 percent unemployed.

The Bratislava region showed the lowest jobless rate of 3.71 percent.

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