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Jobless Slovaks receiving unemployment benefits jump 16% in February

The number of jobseekers receiving state unemployment benefits in February increased by 15.66 percent month-on-month, meaning that 43,221 people were receiving this allowance, according to the latest data released by state-run social-insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa, the TASR newswire reported. The February figure is 5,986 higher than last month. For 2010, the number of people receiving unemployment benefits dropped from 45,300 in January to 38,200 in December.

The number of jobseekers receiving state unemployment benefits in February increased by 15.66 percent month-on-month, meaning that 43,221 people were receiving this allowance, according to the latest data released by state-run social-insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa, the TASR newswire reported.

The February figure is 5,986 higher than last month. For 2010, the number of people receiving unemployment benefits dropped from 45,300 in January to 38,200 in December.

State expenditures for this allowance for all of 2010 amounted to €150.68 million, with individuals receiving average benefits of €257 per month. An average of 50,602 people received unemployment benefit in the midst of the crisis in 2009. August 2009 saw the highest figure for the year, with 63,500 people receiving unemployment compensation. The highest number of people receiving unemployment benefit was recorded in 2005, with an average of 75,900.

Source: TASR

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