Ljubljana, 06 April (STA) - The number of the unemployed registered with the Employment Service dropped 1.4% in March over February to 113,948, but is still 15.2% above the figure in March 2010. The monthly fall was due to a 40% increase in hiring, Wednesday's report from the service said.
Some 7,890 people newly registered as unemployed in March, up 8.9% from February and up 5.8% over March 2010. Over 930 of the newly registered were young people looking for their first job. Over 2,440 were redundancies, while over 2,990 lost their jobs because their fixed term contracts ran out.
Meanwhile, 9,550 unemployed left the Employment Service in March, with 6,814 finding a job or starting their own companies. The figure was up 40% compared to February, and 33.3% over March 2010.
The jobless total was up in March only in the Maribor (2.2%) and Nova Gorica regions (0.1%). All ten remaining regional Employment Service offices recorded a drop in the number of unemployed, the biggest in Murska Sobota (4.5%), Velenje (3.7%) and Sevnica (3.1%).
Average registered unemployment stood at 114,900 in the first three months of 2011. The figure was 15.6% up on the first quarter of 2010.
Those on fixed term contracts accounted for the most of newly registered at some 13,690, followed by the young looking for their first job at 3,190, while 6,870 were redundancies.
Meanwhile, 24,410 left the Employment Service between January and March, with 17,479 of them finding a job. This was 23.3% up compared to the first three months of 2010.