Half of Slovak unemployed suffering poverty

FIGURES from the European statistics agency, EUROSTAT, show that 47 percent of unemployed Slovaks are living below the poverty line, the daily SME reported.

That is a higher percentage than in Slovakia’s neighbouring states. In the Czech Republic 30 percent and in Hungary 31 percent of unemployed people live below the poverty line.

Tatra banka analyst Robert Prega said that the high level of unemployment and long-term unemployment in particular are behind the poverty. "The proportion of long-termed unemployed in Slovakia is rather high. These people draw social benefits which fall depending on the length of unemployment," he told the daily.

According to the EU definition of poverty, a poor person is one whose income is less than three fifths of the national median wage. The median wage is calculated as a middle value of income achieved by half of the nation's inhabitants. In Slovakia a poor person therefore earns less than Sk8,452 per month (€212.5).

The Eurostat data reveals that the best conditions for the unemployed are in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Slovakia to spend three Advent weekends with testing. President wants it to be voluntary

Seven candidates for the general prosecutor post approved. Acting general prosecutor steps down.

Installation of Christmas tree in Trnava

Who was behind the sale of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia

The largest law firms were involved in several innovative projects, too.

UK nationals in Slovakia advised to take action as end of transition period nears

UK Nationals should check the British Embassy's "Living in Guide" for the most up-to-date information.

Illustrative stock photo

Three rounds of testing should take place before Christmas

The first round will be nationwide and should take place in two weeks.