Published on: 29 July 2019

Unemployment rate was 3.3%

In the period of April–June 2019, the average number of unemployed people was 155 thousand, and the unemployment rate was 3.3%. The indicators of women improved, while unemployment stagnated among men.

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

The number of the unemployed among 15–74 year-old men stagnated at 88 thousand and the unemployment rate was 3.4%. Regarding women, the number of the unemployed declined by 9.4 thousand to 68 thousand, and the unemployment rate by 0.4 percentage point to 3.2%.

Among people aged 15–24, the number of the unemployed was 34 thousand and their unemployment rate grew by 1.3 percentage points 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 2.9%, and that of people aged 55–74 was 2.5%.

The average duration of unemployment was 14.4 months; 35.6% of unemployed people had been searching for a job for one year or more, i.e. were long-term unemployed.

The unemployment rate of people aged 15-74 was the lowest in Western Transdanubia and Central Transdanubia, with 1.7% and 1.8% respectively, and the highest in Northern Great Plain, with 6.3%. In most regions, the unemployment rate stagnated or decreased slightly, with the largest change occurring in Southern Transdanubia, where the rate declined by 1.3 percentage points to 4.5%.

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

According to the administrative data of the National Employment Service (, the total number of registered jobseekers increased by 3.1% to 248 thousand.

Unemployment among 15–74* year-olds by age groups, April–June 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.