Ljubljana, Oct. 6 (SocialNews.XYZ) The number of unemployed in Slovenia has fallen to the lowest level since independence in 1991, announced the Employment Agency of the Republic of Slovenia.
At the end of September, 52,043 people were unemployed in the country, which is 3.5 percent less than in August and 21.3 percent less than in the same month of 2021, Xinhua news agency reported.
In the first nine months of this year, an average of 57,918 unemployed persons were registered, which is 24.9 percent less than in the same period in 2021, the institute announced on its website on Wednesday.
However, the number of new jobs in September also decreased by 14.1 percent compared to August and by 2.5 percent year-on-year. Most of the new jobs were for workers in manufacturing and construction and for cleaners.
Analysts believe that the slowdown in economic growth, which is expected to continue in the coming months due to the general slowdown in the EU amid the global energy crisis, could further increase the number of unemployed.
Slovenia expects economic growth of 5 percent this year, which is 8.2 percent less than in 2021. Its economy is export-oriented, and the main export items are cars, car parts, medicines and household appliances.