The unemployment rate for the Czech Republic rose to 7.9% in April from 7.7% recorded in March and 5.2% logged in April 2008, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs said Tuesday. Meanwhile, economists had expected an increase to 7.8%.

There were 456,726 job seekers in April, an increase of 7,814 from March. On an annual basis, it rose 140,608. The country's job offices registered altogether 73,052 newcomers. That is by 2,623 job seekers more than in the preceding month and by 30,537 newly registered job seekers more than in April of the preceding year.

Compared to March, the number of vacancies dropped 4,895 to 50,517 in April. Job offices paid off unemployment benefits to 210,021 job seekers, which accounts for 46% of all job seekers under registration.

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