Polish jobless rate lowest in EU, at 3.1% in April: Eurostat

Unemployment in Poland held steady at a modest 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate in the 27-nation European Union, the bloc’s statistics agency has reported.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands tied for the second-lowest unemployment rate in the European Union in April, each at 3.4 percent, followed by Malta, with 3.8 percent, according to the Eurostat agency.

Meanwhile, Greece had the highest seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in the EU, at 15.8 percent, according to the latest available data, while Spanish unemployment was the second-highest at 15.4 percent, the agency’s data showed.

Eurostat reported that the EU average for April was 7.3 percent, stable compared with March and up from 6.7 percent in April 2020.

Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), which uses a different methodology, reported last week that the Polish jobless rate dropped to 6.3 percent in April, from 6.4 percent in March.

Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin has said that the government has spent tens of billions to save more than 6.9 million jobs since the coronavirus crisis hit the country in March last year.

Support for businesses throughout the country has exceeded PLN 200 billion (EUR 44 billion, USD 52 billion) during the last 12 months, he added.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR, europa.eu/eurostat

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