The growth in unemployment in Slovakia slowed down from 4 percent in 1Q13 to 3.3 percent in the 2nd quarter of the year, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) announced. Compared to Q2 2012, the number of unemployed people increased by 11,900 to 380,000 and the unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to 14 percent.
Up to 67.1 percent of the total number of jobless people constituted the long-term unemployed, the TASR newswire wrote September 4, citing the ŠÚ. Compared to Q2 2012 the number of people without a job for longer than a year increased by 10.1 percent. The number of those who had been unemployed for more than two years grew as well - by 10.2 percent, to make up 73.2 percent of total long-term unemployed.
In terms of professions, the highest number of unemployed had worked in industry before being laid off. Meanwhile, the highest relative growth in unemployment was seen in the scientific sector, health care and agriculture. Conversely, the number of unemployed decreased the most in the financial and insurance sector.
The number of unemployed rose year-on-year in most regions, with only Žilina and Košice regions seeing unemployment fall. Banská Bystrica and Prešov regions contributed the most to the overall unemployment rate. In the first six months of this year, unemployment in Slovakia grew by 3.6 percent to 387,800 people. The unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 14.3 percent for the first half of the year.
In terms of age, the largest group of unemployed totalling 115,200 people, and 30.3 percent of the total, was aged 35-49 years, the SITA newswire wrote. However, unemployment grew most among 55 to 59-year-olds. The ŠÚ recorded a decrease in unemployment only in the age group of 25-34 years, which dropped by 4.1 percent and those over 60 years, which fell 9.1 percent.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Sep 2013 at 10:00