Slovakia’s unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2009 remained unchanged year-on-year at 10.5 percent, with the number of jobless people standing at 281,000, the Statistics Office said on Wednesday, June 3. [Although the figure remained unchanged y-o-y, it increased from 8.7 percent in the final quarter of 2008. - Ed. note].
The bulk of the unemployed, 82.7 percent, were people with only secondary-school or lower educational attainments, while those out of work more for than 12 months accounted for 55.7 percent (compared to 70.1 percent one year ago), or 156,600, the TASR newswire reported, quoting the Statistics Office report. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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