Eurostat: Poland's jobless rate at 9.2% in May.

By bne IntelliNews July 4, 2011
The unemployment rate in Poland was 9.2% in May, unchanged from a month earlier and compared also to 9.7% a year earlier. In the entire European Union (EU), it was 9.3% vs. 9.3% a month ago and 9.7% a year earlier, Eurostat has announced. In the euro-zone, the unemployment was 9.9% in May, was unchanged vs. the previous month and 10.2% a year before. In May, 2011, the lowest rates, adjusted seasonally, were registered in Holland (4.2%), Austria (4.3%) and Luxembourg (4.5%), while the highest ones were in Spain (20.9%) and Lithuania (16.3% in Q1/2010), and Latvia (16.2% in Q1/2010). Eurostat compiles "harmonised" unemployment rates for member states calculating the number of unemployed people aged 15 to 74 and who, are without work, available to start work within the next two weeks and have actively sought employment at some time during the previous four weeks, as percentage of the labour force. According to the Central Statistical Office (GUS), the jobless rate - calculated on the basis of the number of the registered unemployed - was 12.2% in May vs. 12.6% a month earlier.

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