Slovak unemployment edges up to 4% in August
Unemployment in Slovakia registered a thin increase by 0.02 percentage points month-on-month to 4%, the country’s Central Office for Labour, Social Affairs and Family reported.
Year-on-year, unemployment decreased by 0.53 percentage points.
“We view positively, especially the development among your people up to 29 years and persons in the age of above 50 years,” commented Juraj Kacer, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affair and Family.
Kacer added that “in both categories, the number of unemployed is at some of the lowest figures in the past 10 years and decreased again in comparison to July.”
The number of university graduates registered with the labour authorities dropped by 853 m-o-m to 4,255 persons.
An analyst with the Institute for Social Policy, Michal Tomajko, pointed out that “a positive [thing] that y-o-y we registered smaller number of job applicants in every region” in Slovakia. Tomajko expects “a slight increase in unemployment in September” due to incoming high school graduates on the labour market.
Czechia remains the only EU country not to have recovered its pre-pandemic level of output.
Independent group ENAG calculates 129% y/y.
Hungary’s economy grew 0.9% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter, after four consecutive months of contraction.
Czech manufacturing PMI data from S&P Global market intelligence company posted 43.2 in November.
Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index grew 4.5 points to 48.7 in November.
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