Czech unemployment falls again

There are now 0.7 applicants for every job in the country

Unemployment fell again in September to 3.0 percent, according to the Czech Labor Office. Last September, the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, and in August this year, it was 3.1 percent.

According to the most recent data from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical branch, the Czech Republic in August had the lowest unemployment rate in the EU. September figures for all EU states are not available for comparison.

In September, the labor market was further revitalized. Vacations have ended and companies have started production again. Seasonal work continues and the tourist season is still active.

Some 224,331 people had no job, which is the lowest since September 1996. The number of vacancies increased to 316,132.

“In September there was a drop in unemployment. The economy is doing well and employers are taking on additional staff. In the previous month, nearly 33,300 job seekers found a new job. Companies are mainly interested in technical professions not only for workers but also in the higher positions,” Labor Office general manager Kateřina Sadílková said.

“In the coming months, unemployment could fall slightly or stagnate,” she added.

Prague had the highest number of job openings, at 61,690, followed by Central Bohemia with 43,298 and Pardubice region with 34,727.

By districts, the lowest unemployment was at Rychnov nad Kněžnou at 1.1 percent, followed by Jindřichův Hradec and Prague-East, both 1.3 percent, Prachatice at 1.4 percent, Písek at 1.5 percent, Benešov, Plzeň-South, Pelhřimov and Ústí nad Orlicí, all at 1.6 percent.

An unemployment share equal to or above the national average was reported by 27 districts. The highest was in the districts of Karviná at 7 percent, followed by Most at 6.3 percent, Ostrava-city at 5.5 percent, Chomutov at 5.2 percent, Ústí nad Labem at 5.1 percent, and Bruntál at 5 percent.

The share of unemployed women fell to 3.3 percent, while the share of unemployed men remained at 2.7 percent.

There was an average of 0.7 candidates for every job opening. However, some areas had worse results. In the Karviná district there were six applicants per job opening, and in Ústí nad Labem there were 3.9 and in Most 2.9.

The most frequently registered job seekers were low-skilled people with basic, incomplete and secondary vocational education, with an apprenticeship certificate, or secondary education with a graduation certificate.

The average age of an unemployed person was 42.3 in September. People over the age of 50 accounted for 35.4 of the unemployed. Women were 54.1 percent of the total number of unemployed.

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