December's unemployment rate very good - dep minister

2019-01-09 10:51 update: 2019-01-12, 13:49
Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
Photo PAP/Leszek Szymański
December's 5.9 percent unemployment rate is a very good result despite a 0.2 percentage point monthly growth, as the winter is always a difficult period on the labour market, Polish Labour and Family Deputy Minister Stanisław Szwed said on Wednesday.

According to the Labour and Family Ministry's estimations, there were 971,300 unemployed people in Poland at the end of December 2018. The figure went up by 20,800 from November, which represents a 2.2 percent growth.

Speaking to Polish public broadcaster Radio One, Stanisław Szwed expressed satisfaction with the result, stressing that Poland's end-December unemployment was at its lowest level since 1989.

The moderate unemployment growth was influenced by the conclusion of seasonal jobs, among other factors, Szwed added.

The deputy minister said that the decline of unemployment will not be so strong in the coming months any more. "We have assumed that unemployment will reach 5.6 percent in 2019. So we expect a decline, but not so strong as in the previous three years," he said.

There are 12.6 mln employed people in Poland, and the number continues to grow, Szwed said. In 2018, there were more than 700,000 new jobs created in Poland, he added. "There are more jobs created than closed. It is a good sign for the economy," Szwed observed. (PAP)