The construction sector posted the highest employment growth of 8.2 percent in April, according to the Slovak Statistics Office.
Staff rose in the transport sector and in the sector of real estate, rentals, trade activities and other services by 6 percent each. Employment grew 2.9 percent in industry, 2.3 percent in the wholesale sector, 1.8 percent in the retail business, 1.6 percent in the car sale and maintenance and 1.1 percent in the telecommunications sector. Hotels and restaurants posted a moderate growth in the number of employees, 0.1 percent. Employment dropped 1.8 percent in the postal service sector.
In the first four months of this year, 601,200 people on average worked in industry, of which 558,200 were engaged in industrial manufacturing. The construction sector registered 173,300 employees. Retail sector employed 159,900 people, the sector of real estate, rental, trade activities and other services 154,100, the wholesale business 135,100, the transport sector 95,500, hotels and restaurants 50,600, car sale and maintenance 28,600, and the postal and delivery service sector 17,300. As many as 9,500 people worked in the telecommunications sector.
For the January-April period, the number of employees in the construction sector increased 7.6 percent year-on-year. The transport sector witnessed growth of staff of 6.4 percent. The number of employees went up by 5.3 percent in the sector of real estate, rental, trade activities and other services, 3.9 percent year-on-year in the telecommunications sector, 3.4 percent in car sale and maintenance, 2.7 percent in industry, 1.5 percent in the retail business, 0.8 percent in the wholesale sector and hotels and restaurants registered a 0.2 percent increase. In the monitored period, employment slipped 1.5 percent in the postal service and delivery sector. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Jun 2008 at 19:00