Slovenia's employment expectations nearing pre-COVID levels
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Slovenia's jobless total increased by 12% in 2020 compared to 2019 as the COVID-19 epidemic affected the labor market. However, the employment expectations indicator is rising and nearing the level recorded at the start of 2020, the Statistics Bureau of Slovenia (SURS) said according to a report by The Slovenia Times.
Some 85% of those in employment had permanent employment contracts, whereas some 5% worked in precarious employment, data showed. The unemployment rate grew to 5% in 2020 after a few years of a downward trend. The figure was the highest in the 15-29 age group (almost 10%).
The hospitality sector, which has been severely hit by the epidemic, saw an annual 15% drop in its workforce in January 2021. In a category that comprises various business activities, including travel agencies, the decrease was 8%, whereas in culture, entertainment and recreational activities the number of employees was reduced by 5% at the annual level.
Meanwhile, certain sectors saw an increase in workforce, such as healthcare and social care services (up by 5%) and information and communication services (3%). A total of 17% worked from home last year, up by two percentage points compared to previous years, when 15% worked remotely usually or sometimes. More than 10,800 foreigners from Slovenia's neighboring countries worked in Slovenia in 2020, including over 4,600 daily migrant workers.
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