Polish jobless rate second-lowest in EU, at 3.1% in September: Eurostat

Unemployment in Poland was a modest 3.1 percent in September, the second-lowest rate in the 27-nation European Union, the bloc’s statistics agency reported on Friday.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech Republic boasted the lowest unemployment in the European Union in September, at 2.8 percent, while Malta trailed Poland in third place, with 4 percent, according to the Eurostat agency.

Meanwhile, Greece had the highest seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in the EU, at 16.8 percent, according to the latest available data, while Spanish unemployment was the second-highest at 16.5 percent, the agency’s data showed.

It reported that the EU average for September was 7.5 percent, stable compared with August and up from 6.6 percent in September 2019.

Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), which uses a different methodology, reported last week that the Polish jobless rate stood at 6.1 percent in September, unchanged from the previous three months.

Labour Minister Marlena Maląg said earlier this month that the Polish job market was stabilizing after a period of lockdown and restrictions affecting the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Maląg said in mid-September that some 6 million jobs had been saved throughout the country thanks to measures including a massive relief and stimulus package that aimed to shield the economy from the coronavirus.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR, europa.eu/eurostat

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