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Over 124,000 Out of Work in December

Ljubljana, 07 January (STA) - Slovenia's jobless total stood at 124,015 in December, up 3.9% from the moth before and up 5% from December 2012, fresh data from the Employment Service shows.

As many as 10,970 were newly registered as unemployed in December, which makes an increase of 20.2% compared to November but a fall of 16.7% on December a year ago.

December saw a fast increase in unemployment due to a spike in those whose fixed-term contracts expired; 6,042 of those were newly registered in December, aside from 2,206 who were made redundant and 1,371 first job seekers.

The Employment Service registered an average 119,827 unemployed a month last year, up 8.8% compared to the year before.

The number of first job seekers was up by 17.2%, while the number of those who lost jobs due to bankruptcies or were made redundant fell by 12.6% compared to 2012.

Out of 6,268 who were checked out from the unemployment registry in December, 3,508 got a job or became self-employed. The figure marks a 32.5% fall from November, but a 2.3% increase year-on-year.

A total of 102,390 were checked out of the unemployed registry in 2013, 65,054 of them because of employment, which is 11.5% more than in 2012.

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