Published on: 26 May 2023

4 million 710 thousand people in employment

In April 2023, the average number of employed persons1 aged 15–74 years was 4 million 710 thousand2, 29 thousand more than a year earlier.

February–April 2023 compared to a year before:

In the February–April 2023 period, the number of employed persons was 14 thousand more, 4 million 698 thousand. While the number of people working in the domestic primary labour market was up by 17 thousand and that of those working abroad grew by 6 thousand, the number of public workers decreased by 9 thousand.

Among the 15–64-year-olds, 4 million 581 thousand people were classified as employed, the employment rate for the age group was 74.3%. For men, the number of people in employment was essentially unchanged at 2 million 425 thousand, with an employment rate of 78.7%. For females, the number of employed persons was 2 million 156 thousand, with an employment rate up by 0.3 percentage points to 70.0%.

Number of employed people aged 15–74 years, February–April 2023

Denomination Number, thousand persons Change in numbera)
thousand persons %
Working in the domestic primary labour market4 529.117.30.4
Public workers b)70.3–9.4–11.7
Members of households in Hungary working at local units abroad98.86.06.5
Total4 698.214.00.3
Of which: permanently absent due to receiving child care fee or child care allowance118.9–19.3–13.9

a) Compared to the same period of the previous year.
b) Based on the respondent’s self-classification.

In the young age group (of 15–24-year-olds) the number of employed persons was 272 thousand, and their employment rate grew by 0.4 percentage points to 27.7%. The employment rate among the so called ‘prime’ working-age population (aged 25–54 years) decreased by 0.7 percentage points to 87.4%, while in the older age group (of 55–64-year-olds) it rose by 3.5 percentage points to 68.3%.

Employment among 15–64-year-olds by age group. February–April 2023

Age group. year-olds Number Employment rate
thousand persons change. thousand personsa) % change. percentage pointsa)
25–543 533.3–46.087.4–0.7
Total4 581.

a) Compared to the same period of the previous year.