Tuesday, the Czech Statistical Office said the jobless rate according to the ILO definition stood at 6.4% in the second quarter, up 2.2 percentage points from last year. Moreover, the statistical office said the rate of change in unemployment was the biggest since 1999.

The average number of unemployed persons in the 15-64 age group increased by 44,900 compared with the first quarter to 113,800. The report said this was one of the biggest increases in unemployment throughout one quarter. Compared with the same quarter of last year, the number of unemployed fell by 16,900.

Meanwhile, the number of employed persons decreased by 62,000 in the second quarter from last year. The employment rate stood at 65.4%, down 1.2 percentage points from last year.