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Registered unemployment rate rises to 13.2% in January


The registered unemployment rate stood at 13.2% at the end of January, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported. This is 0.7 p.p. higher than in December and 0.1 p.p. higher than in the corresponding month of the previous year.

In the analysed period, just over 2.12 million Poles were registered as unemployed, an increase of 138,800 in relation to one month earlier and of 16,500 versus January 2011. The highest unemployment rates were noted in the voivodships of Warminsko-Mazurskie (21.1%), Zachodniopomorskie (18.5%), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (17.7%), Lubuskie (16.5%), Podkarpackie (16.3%), and Swietokrzyskie (16%). The lowest rates were recorded in Wielkopolskie (9.8%), Mazowieckie (10.4%), Slaskie (10.8%) and Malopolskie (11.2%).

At the same time, GUS data showed a significant increase in the number of job offers submitted by employers to labour offices, to 49,000 from 35,100 in December 2011 (and compared with 46,600 in January 2011). There was also a decline in the scale of redundancy plans reported to labour offices. At the end of January a total of 249 companies were declaring plans to shed 20,200 jobs in the near future, including 5,800 in the public sector, compared with 344 firms and 24,200 jobs (7,900) one month earlier and 232 firms and 29,500 jobs (19,600) at the end of January 2011.

We forecast that at the end of 2012 the official jobless rate will amount to 12.9%.

See also the news item "LFS unemployment rate up to 9.7% in Q4".

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