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Jobless rate dropped slightly to 14.68 percent in March

The jobless rate dropped from 14.71 in February to 14.68 percent in March and the number of people immediately available for work stood at 396,252 in the third month of the year, Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister Jan Richter along with head of the ministry's job centre (ÚPSVaR) Marián Valentoviš told a press conference on Monday, April 22.

The jobless rate dropped from 14.71 in February to 14.68 percent in March and the number of people immediately available for work stood at 396,252 in the third month of the year, Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister Jan Richter along with head of the ministry's job centre (ÚPSVaR) Marián Valentoviš told a press conference on Monday, April 22.

The total number of all unemployed individuals stood at 431,382 people in March, which represents a decrease of 5,711 from the previous month. Richter voiced his satisfaction at the developments, calling them "moderately optimistic". With seasonal jobs hitting the job market in April, he predicted the trend to continue.

As usual, the highest jobless rate, 34.51 percent, was seen in the district of Rimavská Sobota, followed by the districts of Revúca and Rožňava.
The latest figures have already garnered criticism from the Opposition. Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) vice-chairman Miloš Moravčík said that the figures point to the government's failure to secure "the certainties of employment" [the election campaign theme for Smer in March 2012 was based on 'certainties' - ed note]. "The jobless rate is still seeing record highs, which is showing up in a drop in the standard of living in Slovakia," said Moravčík as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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