The unemployment rate in Slovakia was 5.04% in September, up by 0.07 percentage points (pp) month on month, according to the data from the Labour, Social Affairs and Family Centre (UPSVR) published on October 18.
According to the UPSVR general director Marian Valentovic, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.34pp year on year. The number of jobseekers immediately able to start work stood at 138,893 in September, up by 1,887 m/m, but down by 8,910 y/y.
Most of the regions posted monthly growth in their unemployment rates in September, with Zilina and Presov regions having the most significant growths of 0.15pp each; Bratislava region reported a decline of 0.03pp m/m.
The highest unemployment rate of 8.52% was recorded by Presov region, followed by Banska Bystrica and Kosice with unemployment rates above the national average of 5.04%, standing at 6.62% and 7.71% respectively.
Consumer prices in Belarus grew by 0.5% month-on-month and 3.9% y/y in October, according to the nation's statistics service Belstat.
Romania’s exports of goods increased by only 0.5% y/y to €17.0bn in Q3, which was the weakest performance in the past seven years.
Slovakia's real GDP growth will significantly slow from 4.0% in 2018 to 2.7% in 2019, according to the European Commission (EC) autumn economic prognosis published on November 7.
Non-adjusted Czech retail sales increased by 7.3% year-on-year in September from 3.7% in August. The month-on-month seasonally adjusted sales in retail trade went up by 0.7%, according to the Czech Statistics Office data published on November 7.
Ukraine’s consumer prices rose 0.7% m/m in October owing to growing prices for food, clothing and footwear, and alcohol and tobacco, the State Statistics Service reported. Annual inflation slowed to 6.5% y/y in October from 7.5% y/y in September.