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Number of employed in Hungary down 1.5% yr/yr in Jan

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The number of people employed in Hungary at companies with a staff of at least five dropped 1.5% to 2,582,000 in January from a year earlier, fresh data published by the Central Statistics Office (KSH) on Tuesday show.

Employment numbers in the business sector dropped 1.3% in one year to 1,799,000, the data show. Employment numbers in the public sector were down 1.8% at 679,600, including people in public work schemes, and fell 2.2% to 663,600 without such employees.

The number of full-time employees fell more than the average, by 2.6% to 2,292,300 in January and the number of part-time employees rose 6.6% in twelve months to 289,700.

The number of full-time employees dropped 2.7% in the business sector, reaching 1,594,900 in January, and the number dropped by 2.6% to 623,700 in the public sector and non-profit organizations combined.

Part-time employment in both segments rose: by 6.1% to 204,100 in the business sector and by 8.6% to 55,900 in the public and non-profit sector.

The number of people employed in public work programs was 16,000 in January, up 20.8% from a year earlier when the programs were reorganized, although down sharply from 60,900 in December, which was also level with the average for the full year in 2011.

The number of those employed full-time on such schemes fell by 24.1% in one year to 4,800 in January and the number of part-time employed jumped 61.5% to 11,200.

The number of public work scheme employees dropped 30.3% in 2011 to average 60,900. The number of full-time employed fell a little more than 70% to 20,300. The number of part-time employed more than doubled to 40,600.

In 2011, overall employment numbers slipped 0.4%, as employment rose 1.3% in the business sector and dropped 4.9% in the public sector. The number of full-time employees fell 1.7% last year, rising 1.2% in the business sector but falling 8.6% in the public sector. The number of part-time employees was up 2.7% in the business sector and climbed 36.2% in the public sector.

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