Slovakia’s unemployment rate fell in the second quarter by 1.3 percentage points from the same quarter of last year to a level of 13.1 percent and is at the lowest quarterly level since the third quarter of 2009, according to data released by Slovakia’s Statistics Office reported by the SITA newswire wrote.
The number of jobless dropped to 356,500 persons in Q2 of this year, 31,800 less than the same period last year. The average number of unemployed people in the first half of this year was 366,100, a y-o-y decline of 31,600. The unemployment rate in the first half of this year fell 1.3 percentage points to 13.5 percent.
The number of individuals without a job for longer than a year continued to rise in the April-June period. The steepest influx of people without a job was reported in the sectors of trade, financial and insurance services.
Košice Region had the highest number of unemployed people in the second quarter, 68,700, followed by Prešov Region with 64,400. The steepest decrease in unemployment occurred in the Nitra Region and Trnava Region. The number of jobless people grew in Žilina, Bratislava and Košice regions. Košice Region had the highest regional unemployment rate at 19.1 percent.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Sep 2011 at 14:00