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Jobless rate down to 11.3 percent in May

DATA from the National Labour, Social Affairs and Family Office show that the jobless rate in Slovakia was 11.33 percent in May. This is 0.54 percentage points less than in April and 3.14 percentage points less than in May 2004, the SITA news wire reported.

The number of job seekers able to take up a job immediately stood at 293,071 at the end of May. Compared with April this meant a decrease of almost 14,000 people when the number of job seekers decreased by 85,700 people compared with May 2004.

Offices of labour and social affairs reported 330,751 job seekers in total at the end of May, a drop of 13,400 people compared with April.

The unemployment rate calculated from the number of all job seekers was 12.79 percent at the end of May 2005. This means a 0.51 percentage points decrease compared with April 2005.

The offices registered 22,685 new job seekers in May. On the other hand, they erased 36,113 people from the registers, the National Labour, Social Affairs and Family Office announced on June 15.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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