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Unemployment rate up at 7.2% in Jun-Aug

Hungary's average rate of unemployment was 7.2% in June-August this year, up from 7.1% in May-July and up 1.3 percentage points from the same period a year earlier, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Friday. The jobless rate has varied between 7.1% and 7.2%, its highest rate recorded since the start of 2003, in each three-month period since January-March this year. The number of unemployed has little changed since the start of the year while the number of employed increased each month by a total of 46,400 since Q1 this year, partly due to seasonal factors, KSH said. (Econews; NG 2)