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East Slovakia has fifth highest jobless rate

EASTERN Slovakia had the fifth-highest level of unemployment among EU regions in 2004, according to Eurostat data.

Among the 254 EU regions, only three French overseas regions and one Polish region had more jobless people than Eastern Slovakia.

According to Eurostat, Eastern Slovakia's unemployment rate was 24.2 percent in 2004, while the unemployment rate on the French-controlled island of Reunion was the highest with 32.8 percent unemployed.

There were 21 regions with an unemployment rate double the EU average (9.2 percent) in 2004. Apart from Eastern Slovakia, these included Central Slovakia with a 22.1-percent unemployment rate.

The lowest jobless in 2004 was in the British region of Dorset and Somerset (2.4 percent).

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