Ljubljana, 05 April (STA) - Slovenia's jobless figure decreased by 3.6% to 110,859 in March, according to figures from the Employment Service. The number represents a 2.7% drop year-on-year.
In the first three months of 2012, the average number of people out of work stood at 113,953, which is 0.8% less than in the same period last year.
The number of newly registered unemployed persons fell by 4.9% from February to 6,639, which is down 15.9% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from the national Employment Service.
The newly-registered persons included 774 first-time job seekers, 1,656 redundant workers and 3,128 who were left without a job after their fixed-term contract expired.
In the first quarter, 25,090 people newly registered as jobless, down 11.5% compared to the same period last year.
Most new unemployed registrations were after fixed-term contracts expired (13,463), followed by first-time job seekers (2,361) and 5,708 redundant workers.
Of the 10,816 who were checked out from the Employment Service's register in March, 7,095 found employment or became self-employed. This is up 25.3% on February and 4.1% year-on-year.
In the first three months of 2012, a total of 26,985 were taken off the unemployment registry, of which 17,336 found a job.
The Employment Service said that data show that women and people between the ages of 25 and 49 were more likely to apply for unemployment benefits than others.
The average time of unemployment stood at one year, nine months and 20 days, which is two 80 days more than a year ago.
Employers registered 16,166 job vacancies in March, up 23.9% over February and 0.9% year-on-year.
In the first three months of 2012, the figure stood at 44,862, down 1.4% compared to the same period last year.
Demand for workers increased in construction, gas and steam supply industries, transport and storage, and in professional, scientific and technical activities.
The biggest drop in demand was registered in mining, public administration, defence, finance and insurance activities, retail, catering and manufacturing.