Polish unemployment up, but experts optimistic
PR dla Zagranicy
Unemployment in January hit 10.3 percent in Poland, up from 9.8 percent in December, the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) said on Tuesday.
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Despite the rise, experts pointed out that the figure was the best January result for years.
The number of people registered as unemployed in labour offices at the end of January stood at 1.65 million, 5.4 percent up on the previous month.
Year on year, the number of unemployed fell 14.1 percent.
Krzysztof Inglot of HR firm Work Service said the January 10.3 percent figure was a cause for optimism and one which confirms that the 3.9 percent GDP growth in the final quarter of last year has had a positive effect on employment.
“In the first month of the year, unemployment usually reaches its highest annual level. This is a seasonal effect,” he said.
“Despite this, we are observing a positive trend that points to a continuation of an employees’ market in 2016.” (pk)