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Unemployment Rate Drops to 13.4% in April

Ljubljana, 17 June (STA) - Slovenia's registered unemployment rate dropped by 0.5 percentage points to 13.4% in April over March after hovering in place in February following two consecutive months of considerable growth, the Statistics Office (SURS) said as it released the latest jobless figures on Tuesday.

The April figure is however still 0.1 percentage points higher than in April last year, according to SURS.

Unemployment among men dropped by 0.6 percentage points to 12.6% month-on-month and by 0.3 percentage points to 14.4% among women.

The number of registered unemployed persons fell by almost 3,100 to 123,636 in April compared to March.

The jobless rate decreased in all age categories, with the biggest drop, of 0.8 percentage points to 23.4%, recorded among the young (aged 15 to 29).

Among those aged at least 55, unemployment was down by 0.6 percentage points to 20.6%, while it dropped by 0.3 percentage points to 10.3% for the 30-54 age group.

Broken down by statistical regions, the Zasavje region east of Ljubljana posted the highest unemployment rate of 18.3% in April, while the north-western region of Gorenjsko had the lowest (10.1%).

There were over 796,600 in paid employment at the end of April in Slovenia, a rise of around 8,900 over March and of around 3,600 over April 2013. Nearly one-eighth of these were self-employed.

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