Albanias unemployment rate remains flat at 13.3% in Q4 2012.

By bne IntelliNews March 6, 2013
Albanias unemployment rate stood at 13.3% in Q4 of 2012, unchanged from the previous quarter and the year before, the statistics office said in a statement. The number of unemployed Albanians declined by 0.8% y/y and dropped only marginally q/q to 141,755 in October to December 2012. The countrys labour force decreased by 0.6% y/y but increased by 0.5 q/q to 1.069mn in Q4. Private companies, operating in the non-agriculture sector, increased their staff by 2% q/q. On the other hand, employment in the public sector edged down 0.2% y/y to 164,000 in Q4 2012. The average monthly wage in the public sector rose 7.3% y/y to ALL 51,500 (EUR 368.9). It picked up 0.4% on the quarter.
Labour force survey
QIV/11 QI/12 QII/12 QIII/12 QIV/12
Labour Force ('000) 1,075 1,077 1,076 1,064 1,069
Total employment 932 933 933 922 927
a) in public sector 165 165 165 164 164
b) in non-agricultural private sector 261 262 262 273 278
c) in agricultural private sector 507 507 507 485 485
Total unemployment ('000) 143 143 143 142 142
Unemployment rate % 13.3 13.3 13.3 13.3 13.3
Source: INSTAT
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