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Richter: Unemployment rate at 14.71 percent in February 2013

The reported unemployment rate reached 14.71 percent in February 2013, down by 0.09 percentage points month-on-month, said Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister Ján Richter on Tuesday, March 19.

The reported unemployment rate reached 14.71 percent in February 2013, down by 0.09 percentage points month-on-month, said Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister Ján Richter on Tuesday, March 19.

Richter also pointed out that the increase in the number of unemployed in February 2011 reached 26,164, "while only 20,362 people signed on for the first time in February 2013," which is a difference of almost 6,000. "In February 2013, 21,737 unemployed people signed off," said Richter as quoted by the TASR newswire. Richter also announced that three mass lay-offs were reported by employers in January, with plans to make 218 people redundant, but of these only 101 people actually lost their jobs. A similar situation occurred a month later, when six mass redundancies were announced concerning 240 people. "But the reality in February 2013 was nil," said Richter.

The Centre of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (ÚPSVAR) confirmed the registered unemployment rate at 14.71 percent, which is a decrease of 0.09 percentage points month-on-month from the 14.8 rate reported in January. ÚPSVAR also informed, based on data released on Wednesday, March 20, that the unemployment rate calculated from the total number of job-seekers rose to 16.2 percent, rising in 0.07 percentage points. The total number of unemployed who are ready to start work (i.e. excluding those on sick leave or in post-graduate training) reached 397,070, which is a decline by 2,297 people, or 0.05 percent, but an increase year-on-year of 6.82 percent.

The highest registered unemployment rates were found in Prešov Region (20.75 percent), Banská Bystrica Region (20.37 percent) and Košice Region (18.99 percent), which were above the Slovak average of 14.71 percent. As for individual districts, Rimavská Sobota (34.49 percent) had the worst level of unemployment, while the Bratislava I borough had the lowest with 4.72 percent.

(Source: TASR, ÚPSVAR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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