Poland’s unemployment rate fell to 13 percent in August 2013 from 13.1 percent in July, Labor Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz told reporters on Monday. The figure is an estimate prepared by the Economy Ministry. The official unemployment figures for August will be released later this month by Poland’s statistics office, GUS. If the estimate turns out to be correct, August will be the sixth month in a row in which the unemployment rate declined.
|Source: Central Statistical Office|
According to the Labor Ministry, the number of jobless registered at the end of August 2013 totaled 2,085,000, down by 8,400 month-on-month. In the same month, employers offered 74,400 new jobs, up by 10,000 or 16 percent from July and 4,200 from August 2012.
A report on Poland’s labor market by staffing firm Randstad found that 39 percent of Polish companies increased employment in the first half of the year, 40 percent left headcount unchanged and 20 percent scaled down employment. Twenty-eight percent of firms plan to add jobs in the next six months. Commenting on the report, Mr Kosiniak-Kamysz said, “We are back on the growth track.”
The labor minister expects Poland’s unemployment to remain below 14 percent at the end of the year. He said that if one summed up registered unemployment in the first half of the year, it would turn out that 250,000 people found jobs in the period, 50,000 more than in the same period of 2012.
Asked about the economic outlook for the next six months, 55 percent of companies surveyed by Randstad said they expected stagnation, 25 percent expected growth and 12 percent expected a recession.
Most companies (58 percent) plan to leave their employment levels unchanged, 28 percent expect to employ more workers and 9 percent are considering job reductions.
The research also shows that 83 percent of companies recruited employees over the past year. The same percentage of firms claim that reducing employment costs could help reduce the number of jobless. Sixty-four percent believe that subsidizing employee training could increase employment.
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