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Eurostat: Two-thirds of Hungarian jobseekers remain unemployed in Q2

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Some 66.7% of Hungarians who were unemployed in the first quarter remained unemployed for the second quarter, while 23.1% found employment for Q2 and 10.2% moved into inactivity, according to Eurostat statistics published for the first time yesterday on quarterly labor market flows.

The EU average of those who found employment from the first to the second quarter reached 18.6%, while 64.6% remained unemployed and 16.8% moved into inactivity, data by Eurostat reveals.

According to Eurostat, all persons who worked at least one hour for pay or profit during the reference week or were temporarily absent from such work, were counted as employed persons. Unemployed persons, according to Eurostat, are all persons not employed in the reference week that had actively sought work during the past four weeks and were ready to begin working in at most two weeks.

Eurostat classified inactive people as those who could neither be regarded as employed or unemployed, and this included in particular students, pensioners and housewives or men, provided they were not working at all and were not available or looking for work.

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