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Jobless total down 5% year on year despite seasonal spike in October

Ljubljana, 06 November (STA) - The number of people out of a job registered with Slovenia's Employment Service rose by 3.7% in October to 72,416 as young people hit the labour market. Nevertheless, the total is still 5% lower year-on-year.

As many as 9,470 people registered as freshly unemployed in October, an increase of 65% from September, but down 1% on October 2018.

Most of the newly unemployed, 3,593, were first-time job seekers. The inflow of these is typical for this time of the year as student status would expire for many at the outset of a new academic year.

A further 3,484 saw their fixed-term jobs elapse, and 1,169 were made redundant in October.

Out of the 6,888 removed from the unemployment register, 4,603 found a job or got self-employed, a decrease of 15% from September and drop of 4.3% from October 2018.

Employers reported 11,815 vacancies for the Employment Service in October, 14% fewer than in September and 17% fewer than in the same month a year ago.

The most sought after were cleaners, attendants and kitchen help (527 vacancies), as well as lorry drivers (502) and manual manufacturing workers (498).

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