RTTNews - Wednesday, a report from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic said the number of unemployed persons totaled 281,000 in the first quarter, an increase of 500 persons from the previous year. The jobless rate stood at 10.5% in the first quarter.

At the same time, the number of employed persons decreased by 3,100 from last year to 2.38 million in the first quarter. The employment rate for the population aged 15-64 decreased 0.3 percentage points to 61%.

In the first quarter, there were 21,058 job vacancies, representing a decline of 26.3% from last year.

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