Monday, May 12, 2008

Czech Unemployment April 2008

The Czech unemployment rate fell in April, reinforcing concerns that the tight labour market poses a serious risk for the development of inflation.

Unemployment fell to 5.2 percent in April from 5.6 percent in the previous month, and in line with expectations in a Reuters analyst poll, data from the labour and social affairs ministry showed. Year-on-year, unemployment fell from 6.8 percent registered in April 2007.

Wages in industry are growing growing above 11 percent which reinforces the Czech central bank's concerns that the tight labour market and growing wages are the key upside risks to inflation.

On April 30, 2008 job offices registered altogether 316,118 job seekers. That is by
20,179 less than at the end of March. The number of job seekers decreased by 86,814 persons compared with the same period of the preceding year. The number of available job seekers job seekers currently available for work) was 292,465.

In the course of April, job offices registered altogether 42,515 newcomers. That is by 4,484 job seekers more than in the preceding month and by 1,659 newly registered job seekers more than in April of the preceding year. In April, job offices registration was terminated with 62,694 seekers. New jobs have been taken up by – 42,596 persons. In the course of the above-said month, job offices excluded 20,098 job seekers due to other reasons.

Harmonized unemployment rates (EUROSTAT) was 4.6 % in March 2008.

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