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Polish jobless rate second-lowest in EU, at 3% in May: Eurostat

03.07.2020 00:05
Unemployment in Poland was a modest 3 percent in May, the second-lowest rate in the 27-nation European Union, the bloc’s statistics agency has reported, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Czech Republic boasted the lowest unemployment in the European Union in May, at 2.4 percent, while the Netherlands trailed Poland in third place, with 3.6 percent, according to the Eurostat agency.

Meanwhile, Spain had the highest jobless rate in the EU, at 14.6 percent, while Greek unemployment was the second-highest at 14.4 percent, the agency said on Thursday.

It reported that the EU average for May was 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in April and the same as in May 2019.

Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), which uses a different methodology, reported last month that the Polish jobless rate stood at 6 percent in May, up from 5.8 percent in April.

Poland’s Labour Minister Marlena Maląg said last month that some 5 million jobs have been saved throughout the country thanks to measures including a massive relief and stimulus package that aims to shield the economy from the coronavirus.


Source: IAR, europa.eu/eurostat