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Hungary jobless rate unchanged 10.8% in Jun-Aug

Hungary's average unemployment rate was 10.8% in the 15-74 age group in June-August 2011, unchanged now for the third three-month period and down from 11.0% in June-August 2010, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Wednesday.

In the 15-64 age group the jobless rate dropped to 10.8% after staying at 10.9% for both April-June and May-July. The rate for the age group was down from 11.1% one year earlier.

Employment as well as unemployment numbers were little changed in both age groups from May-July when the number of employed rose further but unemployment also rose, breaking a falling trend evident since the first quarter of 2011.

In an annual comparison the number of unemployed in June-August was 1.6% lower and the number of employed rose 0.8% from a year earlier.

The activity rate in both age groups remained unchanged, at 56.0% for the 15-74 age group and at 62.9% after increases in the previous four three-month periods.

Average unemployment in 2010 was 11.2%, up 1.2 percentage points from 2009.