The moderately positive 9.6% unemployment rate recently published by Hungary's Central Statistical Office (KSH) was mostly due to community employment, but the overall effects of seasonal labor have showed a drop from last year leading to concerns, Gergely Rózsa, expert of economy think-tank Ecostat told Gazdasági Rádió.
Last year 20,000 to 25,000 people took part in community service, while the sum could reach 40,000 this year. However, seasonal labor absorbed far lower numbers of unemployed workers, especially in the generally worst off sectors such as construction and processing industries, Rózsa said.
The next statistics to be released will be the best this year as they will incorporate the summer months’ seasonal and community labor effects. But after that unemployment is set to rise at a far greater pace in the autumn, he added. (Gazdasági Rádió)