Polish unemployment down to 6.1% in May: stats office

Unemployment in Poland dropped to 6.1 percent in May, from 6.3 percent in April, the state-run Central Statistical Office (GUS) has reported.

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The figure is in line with an earlier estimate by the country’s labour ministry.

There were around 1,026,700 people without jobs across the nation at the end of May, compared with 1,053,800 a month earlier, according to the Central Statistical Office.

According to the European Union’s Eurostat statistics agency, which uses a different methodology, unemployment in Poland was a modest 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate in the 27-nation bloc.

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin has said the government has spent more than PLN 200 billion (EUR 44 billion, USD 52 billion) to save almost 7 million jobs since the coronavirus crisis hit the country in March last year.

President Andrzej Duda in late January signed into law Poland’s budget for 2021, which expects the country’s unemployment rate to rise to 7.5 percent by the end of this year, from 6.2 percent at the end of 2020.

(gs/pk)

Source: PAP

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