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Unemployment in the 1st quarter of 2020

Unemployment in the 1st quarter of 2020

Last update: 05.06.2020
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Publisher: Headquarters Bratislava
Topic: Demographic and social statistics
Domain: Labour
Publish Date: 05.06.2020

(According to the Labour Force Sample Survey)

After a long-term decrease the unemployment rate increased by 1,1 %

 In the 1st quarter of 2020, a long-term downward trend of unemployment rate stopped. Unemployment rate rose for the first time after six years, year-on-year by 1,1 %. The total number of the unemployed, according to the LFSS, rose by 1,8 thous. to 161,6 thous. persons. Compared with the 1st quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate increased by 0,2 p.p., reaching 6 %.

In women, it grew by 0,2 p.p. to 6,2 %, in men by 0,1 p.p. to 5,8 %. Compared with the 4th quarter of 2019, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 6,2 thous. persons (by 4 %) to 160,7 thous. persons.

Unemployment rate - graph

The number of the unemployed persons increased in the majority of age groups. It rose the most in the age group of the 35-49 by 6 thous. persons. A year-on-year decrease was recorded in the age group 25-34 (by 6,8 thous. persons) and in the 55-59 age group (2,9 thous. persons)

The unemployed persons, who have never had a job, represented 21,5 % of the total unemployment, their share decreased by 1 p.p., year-on-year. In terms of the economic activity of the last employer, the highest number persons was employed last in industry (23,3 %), in trade (8,8 %) and in accommodation and food services (by 6,7 %).

Unemployment rate is the highest, in the long run, in Prešovský kraj., in the 1st quarter of 2020, it even further decreased. With an increase by 4,7 thous. persons (by 11,2 %), the number of the unemployed in this region reached 46,7 thous. persons. There was a higher number of unemployed also in Žilinský kraj by 4,3 thous. (35,8 %) and in Bratislavský kraj by 4,1 thous. (by 56,2 %). At the same time, the regional unemployment rate was also higher in these regions, in Žilinský kraj and in Prešovský kraj equally by 1,3 p.p. and in Bratislavský kraj by 1,2 p.p. The highest unemployment rate was in Prešovský kraj (by 11,7%), conversely, the lowest, in Trenčiansky kraj (by 2,9 %).


Note: according to the Labour Force Sample Survey;
definition of unemployment is in accordance with the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1897/2000 p.p. percentage point
Source: SOSR, DATAcube. [pr0101qs]


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