Statistics Office: Unemployment rose 4 percent y/y during in first quarter

The unemployment rate in Slovakia in the first quarter of 2013 went up 4 percent year-on-year, with 15,200 more people without work, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) announced on Wednesday, June 5.

The unemployment rate in Slovakia in the first quarter of 2013 went up 4 percent year-on-year, with 15,200 more people without work, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) announced on Wednesday, June 5.

Unemployment rose by 0.4 percentage points year-on-year during the first three months of 2013, to reach 14.5 percent. The increase among women accounted for 0.6 p.p., compared to a 0.3-p.p. hike recorded for men. Unemployment among women during the first quarter stood at 15 percent, while it stood at 14.1 percent for men, the TASR newswire reported, citing the ŠÚ figures. Well over half (64.5 percent) of all unemployed people in Slovakia in the first quarter had been jobless for more than a year. The figure in this category went up by 5.9 percent to reach 255,200 people on an annual basis.

As many as 125,000 (31.7 percent) of all unemployed people were between 35 and 49 years of age. This group recorded the highest year-on-year increase of 12.3 percent among all age categories. Drops were posted for those aged 25-34 (by 2.4 percent) and people older than 60 (by 10.5 percent). Judging by the most recent job of currently unemployed people, the highest number were previously employed in industry (22 percent).

Unemployment rose on an annual basis in most of Slovakia's regions during the first quarter of 2013, with increases ranging from a 1.3-percent hike in Nitra Region to a 12.1-percent rise in Banská Bystrica Region. The rate fell year-on-year only in Trenčín Region (by 1.4 percent) and Košice Region (by 0.8 percent). The highest unemployment rates were recorded in Košice Region (20.1 percent), Prešov Region (18.1 percent), and Banská Bystrica Region (18.9 percent).

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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