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Number of unemployed in Romania climbs to three-year peak exceeding 517,700

Thursday, 07 May 2009, 19:54 Sursă: NewsIn

Such a high number of unemployed was last counted in March 2006, when there were registered 545,884 jobless people. After the 1989 upheaval against the communist regime in Romania, the unemployment peak was reached in March 1994 - 1.291 million people without a job. The minimum level  of unemployment was recorded in June 2008, with 337,084 unemployed.

The unemployment rate climbed to 5.7 percent in April, from 5.6 percent in March. It stood at 3.9 percent in April 2008. 

As many as 249,861 people from the total number of unemployed registered at ANOFM received indemnities, up 20,000 people over the previous month. Some 224,291 people from the total number of unemployed are women. 

The smallest unemployment rates in April were recorded in Ilfov county (1.6 percent) and Bucharest (1.8 percent), while the highest ones were in Vaslui (12 percent) and Mehedinti (10.4 percent). 

The executive manager of the Bucharest labor force agency AMOFM, Dumitru Pelican, said on April 22 the number of unemployed could hike close to 800,000 this year, but could stand at 700,000 if the government begins infrastructure investments. 

However, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates the number of jobless people will reach 800.000 at year-end, while the Forecast Commission CNP bets on only 620,000 unemployed. 

The economic crisis has left many people jobless since biting at the Romanian economy at the end of last year. The most hurt staff were people in the industry, constructions and the car making industry where hardships stemmed from global slump in demand. 

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