Croatia jobless rate increase in December
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Croatia's registered unemployment rate increased to 9.5% in December from 9.3% in November, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (Crostat) showed on Tuesday.
The number of unemployed persons increased 2.1% to 159,845 in December from 156,550 in the previous month. It is the highest jobless rate since last May as the government reimposed stricter lockdown measures, with restaurants, cafes, gyms and casinos forced to close. Employment, however, rose to 1.527 million persons in December from 1.525 million in the preceding month, data showed. In the full year of 2020, the total number of persons in employment decreased by 1.9% compared to 2019.
In a separate statement the Zagreb-based statistics bureau said that Croatia's average net monthly wage grew by a real 3.4% annually in November, after rising by 2.5% in October. On a monthly basis, the average net monthly wage rose by 1.9% to HRK 6,863 (EUR 907) in November, after losing 0.3% in the previous month. The highest average net monthly wage in November, of HRK 10,964 (EUR 1,469.60), was paid out in the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas sector.
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