Estonia jobless rate rises on quarter

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Estonia's unemployment rate climbed to 5.5% in the first quarter of 2022 from 5.2% in the fourth quarter, data from Statistics Estonia (SE) showed on Monday.

In the same quarter last year, the jobless rate was 7.1%. The number of unemployed increased by 3,300 persons sequentially to 39,600 persons in the first quarter.

"The number of people who had been out of work for more than a year was 11,100, a few thousand less than a year ago," SE analyst Katriin Põlluäär said.

The employment rate, meanwhile, rose to 69.0% in the first quarter from 67.6% in the previous quarter.

The number of those with jobs rose by 24,800 persons year-on-year to 675,300 employed persons.

The labor force participation rate was 73.1% in the first quarter, which was the highest for a long time, the agency said. 

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