Slovenia’s Unemployment Rate Is One of the Lowest in the EU

As of the end of June 2019, 70,747 people were registered with the Slovenian Employment Service, which is 1,300 less than in May 2019 and 4,200 less than in June 2018.

According to Eurostat, in May 2019, the unemployment rate in Slovenia decreased by 4.4%. In the first half of 2019, an average of 76,100 people was registered with the Employment Service, which is 5.8% less than in the same period last year.

In June 2019, Slovenian employers opened 12,100 vacancies. The most requested professions (2,000 vacancies) include service workers, long-distance drivers, truck drivers, salespeople, manufacturing workers, and cleaners.

For the first time, 4,130 people registered with the Employment Service in June 2019, which is 12% less than in the same period last year. More than half of them (2,230 people) registered due to the expiration of a fixed-term employment contract. The highest rates of employment in the average annual measurement in June 2019 were recorded in Novo Mesto, Nova Gorica and Murska Sobota.

In June 2019, 5,395 people were removed from the register of the Employment Service. In total, 3,782 of them were employed and self-employed persons.

The brief statistics of unemployed persons in Slovenia (by category): women – 51%, young people aged 18 to 29 years old – 17.8%, people over 50 years old – 41.4%, people looking for the first job – 14.9%, people unemployed for a long time – 53.8%, and disabled people – 19%.

According to Eurostat, the level of unemployment in Slovenia (4.4%, as in Ireland) is one of the lowest in the EU. The leader in terms of employment is the Czech Republic, where the unemployment rate is 2.2%. In Germany, the unemployment rate is 3.1%. EU average rate is 6.3%. The average rate in the Eurozone is 7.5%. Italy (9.9%), Spain (13.6%) and Greece (18.1%) have the worst unemployment rates. Eurostat estimates that in May, 15.65 million EU residents remained without work with 3.2 million persons under the age of 25 years old.