The Number of Unemployed Persons Decreases by 14.6% at the End of 2017
By the end of 2017, the number of unemployed persons in the Zasavje Region was reduced by 21%. On average, the number of the unemployed in the country fell by 14.6% last year.
According to the Head of the Employment Service’s regional office in Trbovlje, Lijana Vidic Ristič, last year, the number of available vacancies in the region increased by 21.5%. According to the official, thanks to efficient transport communication, many residents of Zasavje find work in Ljubljana, where the demand for skilled workers is much higher. Lijana Vidic Ristič notes that employers express the greatest demand for specialists of various qualifications in manufacturing industry, metalworkers, welders, mounters, CNC machine operators, bricklayers, waiters, cleaners, truckers, forklift drivers, paramedics, salesmen, civil engineers, electricians and doctors.
Due to the shortage of workers, employers are also eager to hire persons from socially vulnerable categories of the population, people with primary education and those who have been registered with the Employment Service for a long time. People who have been registered with the Employment Service for more than three years are involved in public works and take part in state employment programmes, for example, in the Zaposli.me Project.
In 2017, the number of unemployed persons in the region, registered with the Employment Service for a long period of time, decreased by 26.6%, while the number of unemployed persons with primary education decreased by 23.4%. Thanks to the improvement in the labour market conditions, the ratio of unemployed young people under the age of 29 declined from 29% in December 2014 to 20.2% in January 2018.