The number of employed Slovaks improved in the second quarter of 2010 in comparison to the first quarter by 1.3 percent or by 29,400 jobs, the Statistics Office announced at a press conference on September 2, adding that the last quarter-on-quarter increase was recorded in 2008, the TASR newswire reported.
However, the number of employed persons, at 2.31 million, was still 2.8 percent less than the second quarter of 2009. The number of employees working abroad increased in the same period by 4.7 percent and represent 5.6 percent of those employed (130,500).
There was an average of 12,739 vacancies in the Slovak economy in 2Q10, with the number down 28.2 percent from a year earlier. Vacancies fell most sharply in public administration.
The number of unemployed people, 388,300, was 28.5 percent higher than in the second quarter of 2009 and the unemployment rate rose by 3.1 percentage points to 14.4 percent.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Sep 2010 at 10:00