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Survey Unemployment Soars 1.4 Pts to 7.3% in 2010

Ljubljana, 07 April (STA) - Slovenia's survey unemployment rate stood at 7.3% in 2010, up 1.4 percentage points compared to 2009, according to labour force survey based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Eurostat, the Statistics Office said on Thursday.

The Statistics Office said that the unemployment rate rose for the second year in a row, from 4.4% in 2008 and 5.9% in 2009.

The unemployment rate among men was 7.4% and slightly less, 7.1%, among women, according to the survey. The share of the active population was more or less constant throughout the year - between 54.7% and 55%.

The active population was down 15,000 to 966,000, while the inactive population was up 8,000 or 1.1 percentage points in 2010 over 2009 on a total population count of some 2,048,000.

The survey found that nearly 60% of the inactive population are women.

The Statistics Office's register of the active population shows however that the total number was down 23,000 in 2010 compared to the year before and 44,000 compared to 2008.

The number of unemployed according to the register stood at 110,000 at the end of 2010. Average registered unemployment in 2010 was 10.7%, up 1.6 percentage points over 2009 and four percentage points more than in 2008.

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