The government could create an additional 50,000-60,000 jobs in public work programs in response to the 50,000-100,000 workplaces that could be lost in Hungary as a result of the global financial crisis, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The additional jobs can be created because of amendments to the Social Act approved on Monday, Gyurcsány said. This year, 25,000-30,000 disadvantaged, out-of-work Hungarians are taking temporary jobs as part of the government’s public work programs. There is not direct pressure to make public sector redundancies in the government’s budget bill, Gyurcsány added. (MTI-Eco)