Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Flattish in January

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Bulgaria's registered unemployment rate edged up to 4.8% in January from 4.7% in December, the Employment Agency said on Thursday, SeeNews reported.

On an annual comparison basis, the jobless rate declined by 0.1 percentage points last month, the government agency said in a monthly report, based on population numbers from the 2011 census.

Taking into account the 2021 census, however, the jobless rate in the first month of 2023 corresponded to 5.2% of the working-age population.

At the end of January, there were 157,980 registered unemployed people in the country, 4,036 more than in December.

Last month alone, the agency registered 23,748 jobless people, which was 2,665 fewer than in December and 1,844 fewer than in the same month of 2022.

The highest percentage of vacancies was recorded in the manufacturing industry - 33.8%, followed by public administration with 14.5%, trade with 9.4%, hospitality and catering with 7%, education with 6.9% and administrative and auxiliary activities with 5.7%

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