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Unemployment rate rises to 13.2% in February


The registered unemployment rate stood at 13.2% in February, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported. This was 0.2 p.p. higher than the month before and unchanged from a year earlier.

In the analysed period, just over 2.15 million Poles were registered as unemployed, an increase of 45,200 in relation to one month earlier and of 48,700 versus February 2010. The highest unemployment rates were noted in the voivodships of Warminsko-Mazurskie (21.5%), Zachodniopomorskie (18.6%), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (17.7%), and Lubuskie and Podkarpackie (16.7%). The lowest rates were recorded in Mazowieckie and Wielkopolskie (10%), Slaskie (10.8%) and Malopolskie (11.2%).

Meanwhile, GUS data showed a sharp increase in the scale of redundancy plans reported by employers to labour offices, in both monthly and yearly terms. Thus, at the end of February 325 companies were declaring an intention to cut 38,400 jobs (including 28,400 in the public sector). This compares to 232 companies and 29,500 jobs (19,600 in the public sector) in January, and 201 firms and 33,700 jobs (19,900 in the public sector) in February 2010.

The number of job offers submitted to labour offices in February, at 50,700, was nearly 9% higher than the month before but down by over 38% year-on-year.

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