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Unemployment rate falls to 11.6% in August


The registered unemployment rate stood at 11.6% at the end of August, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported. This was down by 0.1 p.p. compared with July but up by 0.2 p.p. versus a year earlier.

In the analysed period, just under 1.86 million Poles were registered as unemployed, a decline of 7,900 in relation to one month earlier and an increase of 55,100 compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. The highest unemployment rates were noted in the voivodships of Warminsko-Mazurskie (18.5%), Zachodniopomorskie (16%), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (15.5%), Podkarpackie (15.1%), Lubuskie (14.5%) and Swietokrzyskie (14.1%). The lowest rates were recorded in Wielkopolskie (8.5%), Mazowieckie (9.2%), Slaskie (9.6%) and Malopolskie (9.8%).

At the same time, GUS data showed a slight month-on-month increase in the scale of redundancy plans reported by employers to labour offices. At the end of August 434 companies were declaring an intention to cut 37,300 jobs (of which 23,600 in the public sector). This compares to 400 companies and 36,300 jobs (23,500 in the public sector) at the end of July. On a year-on-year basis the figure improved, however: at the end of August 2010 508 companies were declaring an intention to cut 45,700 jobs (27,000 in the public sector).

There was also a year-on-year decline in the number of job offers submitted to labour offices during the month. At 72,600, the August figure was 17.4% lower than a year earlier, but 15.1% higher than in July.

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