Compared to last May, the number of vacancies increased by about 15,600, and the number of unemployed increased by almost 19,700 year-on-year. According to the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD), the numbers confirm that the decision to end the Antivirus program was a good one.
“These numbers confirm that we did well to shut down Antivirus except for quarantines. The economy is opening up and businesses will now stay on their feet without this injection,” the minister wrote on Twitter. Antivirus was supposed to prevent redundancies. It provided wage and compensation contributions to companies that were affected by the imposed restrictions against covid and the coronavirus crisis. Wage payments in closed operations or when demand decreased decreased at the end of May. In June, companies from the Antivirus program will only be able to receive contributions for part of the compensation for people in quarantine, ie contribution A.
Viktor Najmon, Director General of the Labor Office of the Czech Republic, stated that the pandemic, which lasted over a year, did not fundamentally affect unemployment in the Czech Republic. “In connection with the release of protective measures, economic activities in the gastronomy, hotel industry, services, transport, etc. are being resumed, ie in areas where there have been significant economic losses. Many unemployed people have taken up employment as part of seasonal work, which is already “For example, in the coming months, unemployment could fall slightly.” , as well as waiters, waitresses and kitchen helpers.
In May, 28,559 people were newly registered at the Labor Office, which is about 9,800 less than last year and about 5,300 less than two years ago, ie before the pandemic.
The highest share of the unemployed in May was in the Ústí Region, namely 5.8 percent, followed by the Karlovy Vary Region with 5.7 percent and the Moravian-Silesian Region with 5.6 percent. These three regions had the highest share of unemployed persons last May as well, which, according to the Labor Office, corresponds to the long-term economic situation of these regions. On the contrary, the lowest unemployment rate remains in the Pardubice Region – 2.6 percent. The situation changed the most in Prague, where the share of the unemployed increased by 0.9 percentage points year-on-year to 3.6 percent, and in the Karlovy Vary and Ústí nad Labem regions, where it increased by eight tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively. .
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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