Monday, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia said the jobless rate stood at 4.3% in the fourth quarter, up from 4.1% in the third quarter. A year earlier, in the fourth quarter, the jobless rate was 4.7%. The number of unemployed persons increased by 1,000 from the third quarter to 45,000 in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the number of employed persons decreased to one million in the fourth quarter from 1.02 million in the preceding quarter.

The statistical office said there were 1.04 million persons in the labor force during the fourth quarter, and inactive persons numbered 711,000.

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