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Active employment funds to increase by third in 2020

Ljubljana, 19 December (STA) - The government decided to increase the funds for active employment policy by nearly a third on Thursday. While EUR 64 million were available this year to encourage employment, EUR 92.8 million will be available in 2020. Some 38,400 people are to be included in the policy measures.

While nearly EUR 32 million will come from Slovenia's budget, the rest will be covered by the European Social Fund.

At the moment, employment in Slovenia is at the highest level ever, with 890,000 people in employment, even higher than the 888,000 recorded in 2008.

While unemployment is expected to continue to decrease also in the future, it is expected to do so at a lower rate, the Labour Ministry said in a press release after the government session.

More than half of all unemployed persons have been out of a job for more than a year, a proportion significantly higher than the 35% a decade ago.

Older people and people with lower education also account for significant proportions of the unemployed and will be at the centre of active employment policies, the ministry said.

The measures will also focus on offsetting demographic factors and the lack of trained work force.

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