Positive trend continues in registered unemployment rate

The registered unemployment rate fell for the third consecutive month in April, official statistics show. The index stopped at 11.5% which is 0.5 percentage points down from March and a point less than a year ago. Male joblessness was down 0.6 pp to 10.5% in April over March, and female unemployment edged down 0.3 pp to 12.7%.

The rate fell across all statistical regions, with the highest drop registered in the NE region of Pomurje – it was down by one percentage point to 17.5%. A total of 105,453 people were registered as unemployed at the end of April, which is 4.3% down from March and 8.2% lower year-on-year. The number of people in employment increased by 0.6% at the monthly and by 1.4% at the yearly level to 813,886, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.