LJUBLJANA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The number of unemployed persons in Slovenia fell to its lowest level since the country's independence in 1991, the Employment Service of Slovenia reported on Wednesday.
At the end of September, 52,043 people were out of work in the country, 3.5 percent fewer than in August and 21.3 percent fewer than in the same month of 2021.
In the first nine months of this year, there were on average 57,918 registered unemployed people, which was 24.9 percent less than in the same period of 2021, the service said on its website.
However, the number of new jobs available in September also fell by 14.1 percent compared to August and by 2.5 percent year on year. Most new jobs were available for workers in manufacturing and construction, and for cleaners.
Analysts believe that the slowdown of economic growth, which is expected to continue in the coming months due to a general slowdown in the European Union amid the global energy crisis, could push the jobless numbers further up.
Slovenia expects economic growth of 5 percent this year, down from 8.2 percent in 2021. Its economy is export-oriented and the main export items are cars, car parts, pharmaceuticals and household appliances. ■