Published on: 29 May 2019

Unemployment rate was 3.5%

In the period of February–April 2019, the average number of unemployed people was 162 thousand, and the unemployment rate was 3.5%. Among men, the unemployment stagnated, but the indicators of women improved.

In February–April 2019, compared to a year before:

The number of the unemployed among 15–74 year-old men was 89 thousand and the unemployment rate 3.5%. Regarding women, the number of the unemployed declined by 16 thousand to 74 thousand, and the unemployment rate by 0.8 percentage point to 3.5%.

Among people aged 15–24, the number of the unemployed grew to 34 thousand and their unemployment rate to 10.8%. More than one-fifth of the unemployed belonged to this age group. The unemployment rate of the age group 25–54, i.e. persons belonging to the ‘best working age’, decreased by 0.5 percentage point to 3.1%, and that of people aged 55–74 was 2.2%.

The average duration of unemployment was 14.0 months; 36.8% of unemployed people had been searching for a job for one year or more, i.e. were long-term unemployed.

At the end of April 2019, compared to a year earlier:

According to the administrative data of the National Employment Service (, the total number of registered jobseekers increased by 1.4% to 262 thousand.

Unemployment among 15–74* year-olds by age groups, February–April 2019

Age group, year-old Number Unemployment rate
thousand persons change, thousand personsa) % change, percentage pointa)

* Data of the 15–64 age group are available ( STADAT-table).
a) Compared to the same period of the previous year.