Jobless rate below 10 percent

The Labour Ministry promises to continue in pro-social policies

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The registered unemployment rate in March 2016 amounted to the lowest numbers since February 2009. It stood at 9.89 percent, down by 0.2 percentage point month-on-month. In annual terms, the number of jobless ready to take job immediately dropped by 2.17 percentage points.

In absolute numbers, the number of registered jobless amounted to 268,559 people, which is by 5,643 people less than in February and by 56,612 people less than in March 2015, according to the data of the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (ÚPSVaR).

The jobless rate calculated from the total number of the unemployed amounted to 11.69 percent, down by 0.31 percentage point m/m and 2.01 percentage points y/y. In total numbers, there were a total of 317,681 jobless people in March 2016, which is by 8,394 people less than in the previous month and by 51,774 people less than in the previous year.

The jobless rate in March 2016 dropped in all regions, with the highest decrease being reported by Nitra Region (by 0.29 percentage points).

Labour Minister Ján Richter stressed at the April 20 press conference that they want to continue with the previous employment policy.

“We are not interested in changing the Labour Code at the moment,” Richter said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

He added they want to continue in projects focused on supporting employment and put stress on young and long-term unemployed, as well as unemployed older than 50 years of age.

The ministry also plans to complete the new law on social enterprises, which will be established in districts with the highest jobless rate, soon.

“Social enterprises will represent a standard tool for employing long-term unemployed,” Richter said, as quoted by SITA.

He also stressed they will make the rules for drawing social benefits stricter and introduce penalties.

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