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Unemployment rate unchanged 7.1% in May-July

Hungary's average rate of unemployment was 7.1% in May-July this year, roughly the same as in April-June and up 1.2 percentage points from the same period a year earlier, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) announced on Thursday. The jobless rate has been between 7.1% and 7.2%, its highest rate recorded since the start of 2003, in every three-month period since January-March this year. The average unemployment rate was 6.1% in 2004, up 0.2 percentage points from 2003.