Bulgaria’s unemployment rate falls to 4.5% in May

SOFIA (Bulgaria), June 15 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria’s registered unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point (pp) month-on-month in May to 4.5%, the Agency for Employment announced on Wednesday. ‘use.

On an annual comparison basis, the unemployment rate fell by 1.2 pp, the government agency said in a statement.

A total of 14,879 unemployed people found jobs with the help of employment offices in May, while 19,699 people registered as unemployed, 7,267 less than in the same month of 2021. manufacturing, retail and hospitality contributed the most to employment in May, accounting for 48.7% of jobs filled last month.

At the end of May, there were 147,477 registered unemployed in Bulgaria, ie 3,070 less than in April and 20.7% less than in the same month last year.

There were 12,951 vacancies registered with employment offices in May, down 1,756 from the previous month and 4,361 less year-on-year, according to the agency’s monthly data.

More than 5,600 Ukrainians with temporary protection status in Bulgaria have already found employment in the country under an employment contract, i.e. more than 15% of the population of working age among those fleeing war in Ukraine, the Bulgarian government’s press office said in a separate statement. statement earlier.

According to government statistics, the largest number of these refugees – 43.9% – found employment in the hospitality sector, 11.6% working in the production and distribution of electricity and fuels, and 11.4% in the processing industry.

A total of 78,000 Ukrainians remained in Bulgaria, out of the 330,000 who have fled here so far.