LJUBLJANA Feb 3 The number of jobless people in
Slovenia jumped by 4.1 percent in January from the month before
after a large number of short-term job contracts expired at the
end of 2016, the National Employment Service said on Friday.
It said the number of unemployed people reached 103,736,
though this was still 12.2 percent less than in January 2016
after falling to a seven-year-low in September.
The unemployment rate will be revealed by the statistics
office in March. In November, the latest figure available, the
rate was 10.4 percent with 96,843 jobless people.
The government expects the jobless rate to fall moderately
this year and the next and reach 9.5 percent in 2018,
particularly since international firms like French car maker
Renault, Japanese electrical equipment producer
Yaskawa and Canadian car parts maker Magna
International recently said they would create a number
of new jobs in Slovenia this year and next.
Slovenia narrowly avoided an international bailout for its
banks in 2013. It returned to growth in 2014 and the government
expects the economy to expand by 2.9 percent this year and 2.6
percent in 2018, buoyed by exports and domestic spending.
(Reporting By Marja Novak)