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End of fixed-term jobs pushes up unemployment total in July

Ljubljana, 05 August (STA) - The number of people out of a job registered with the Slovenian Employment Service rose by 1.6% in July to 71,850, mostly because their fixed-term contracts expired. The figure was still down 5.5% year-on-year.

A total of 6,210 were registered as freshly unemployed in July, 50.4% more than in June, but 3.9% fewer than in July 2018. More than half (3,821) saw their fixed-term contracts elapse, 419 were first-time job seekers and 853 were made redundant.

Out of the 5,107 who were removed from the unemployment roll, 3,314 found a job or became self-employed. This is 12.4% fewer than in June and 8.4% fewer than in July 2018.

Between January and the end of July, the unemployment role expanded by 41,361 newly unemployed, 4% fewer than in the same period a year go. Most (24,592) were on fixed-term contracts.

The number of first time job seekers decreased by 14.8% year-on-year, while the number of those who were made redundant rose by 8% and the number of unemployed after expiry of fixed terms dropped by 6.1%.

In the first seven months of the year, 48,045 were removed from the unemployed register, of whom 36,174 got a job or became self-employed. This latter figure is down 9.6% compared to the same period in 2018.

Employers posted 13,990 vacancies in July, 15.8% more than in June but 3.9% fewer than a year ago. The demand was highest for manual workers in manufacturing and pre-school and primary school teachers.

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