Unemployment in Bulgaria Lowest Since 2008
Sofia, Bulgaria -
Unemployment in Bulgaria has reached its lowest levels since 2008. The downward trend in unemployment continued in May, with the level of 6.1% in the month. This was announced by the press agency of the Employment Agency.
Statistics also show that the lowest registered unemployment rate since December 2008 has been reached last month. The registered unemployed at the end of the month are in total 200 458, their number shrinking by 5% compared to the previous month and by 14.3% compared to a year earlier. Newly registered unemployed in May were 19,963. Of these, 1,258 were inactive. A total of 21 740 people went to work during the month, with 91.3 % of them in the real economy.
The number of job vacancies in the primary labor market in May was 21,301, with 87.3% of them in the private sector. The largest share of vacancies was reported in manufacturing (25.1%), hotels and restaurants (17.7%), trade (13.6%), real estate transactions (13.2%) and others.
The most wanted occupational groups in May were: staff employed in the personal services (bartenders, waiters, chefs, cabinets); workers in the mining and processing industries; workers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries; operators of stationary machinery and equipment; drivers of motor vehicles and mobile equipment; assistants in food preparation; cleaners, etc.