Unemployment in Bulgaria in August reached its lowest value for this month – 4.3%, reported the Employment Agency. The number of registered unemployed in August was 139,782. On an annual basis, there was a decrease of 0.6% in the unemployment rate in the country. Compared to July, there was a minimal increase of 0.1%, the agency said.
The most sought-after professions by businesses last month were teachers; workers in the mining and processing industries, construction and transport; sellers; machine operators of stationary machinery and equipment; personnel employed in the field of personal services; staff caring for people; waste collection and related workers; skilled workers in the production of food, clothing, wood products and related; metallurgists, machine builders and related workers, and artisans; cleaners and helpers etc.
Last month, 19,030 new unemployed people were registered. They are 1332 less than the previous month. On an annual basis, a decrease of 492 people was observed. Another 940 people from the groups of jobseekers employed, students and pensioners also registered with the employment offices during the month.
The unemployed who started work in August were 10,313, of which 253 were from the groups of pensioners, students and the employed.
The largest share of people started working in the manufacturing industry sector – 20.6%, in trade – 13.7%, hotels and restaurants – 12.1%, state administration – 7.6% and others.
1,797 unemployed people from the risk groups were appointed to subsidized jobs during the month.
At the end of the summer season, there were 12,808 registered jobs in the primary labor market. The largest number of vacancies were registered in manufacturing (25.0%), followed by education (24.4%), trade, car repair and motorcycles (11.3%), administrative and support activities (8.9%), hospitality and catering (6.3%), and government (6.1%).
On September 9, the Employment Agency announced that 22 regional and 143 municipal administrations, under the “Start Career” program, had opened a total of 165 jobs for young graduates without work experience in the specialty. The application period for the announced vacant positions was until September 14. On April 20, the Council of Ministers adopted a decision increasing the remuneration for young people included in the “Start a Career” program (from BGN 800 to BGN 860).