With 8.0% in 2016 the unemployment rate reached the lowest level since 2010 when it was 7.3%. The employment rate was 52.1%. Among employed persons the most noticeable was the increase in the number of employees.
In 2016 there were 995,000 active persons in Slovenia, 13,000 (or 0.7%) fewer than in 2015. Among them there were 80,000 unemployed (11,000 or 8.1% fewer than in 2015) and 915,000 employed (2,000 or 0.1% fewer than in 2015). Half of the unemployed were men and half were women. The number of inactive persons (763,000) was 1.7% higher than in 2015.
The number of employees in labour relation is increasing
Among employed persons the highest share was of employees in labour relation (744,000 or 81.3%). Their number has been increasing in the last few years; by 2.4% compared to 2015 and by 4.9% compared to 2014. Compared to the previous years also the number of employees doing student work has increased (to 31,000 in 2016). The total number of employed persons decreased mainly because of fewer family workers. There were 22,000 family workers in 2016, 41.6% (or 15,000) fewer than in 2015.
The unemployment rate at 8.0%, the employment rate at 52.1%
The unemployment rate in the previous year was again lower than in the year before. In 2016 it was 8.0%, 1 percentage point lower than in 2015. The unemployment rate decreased among men (to 7.5%) as well as among women (to 8.6%). The employment rate (52.1% in 2016) decreased among men (from 57.8% to 56.7%), while it increased among women (from 46.7% to 47.5%).
Statistical regions in 2016
After being the region with the highest unemployment rate in the past few years, the unemployment rate in the Pomurska statistical region decreased by 1.7 percentage points to 10.8% in 2016 compared to 2015. The unemployment rate was the highest in the Obalno-kraška statistical region (11.8%) and the lowest in the Gorenjska statistical region (6.1%).
The employment rate was the highest in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (54.5%), followed by the Primorsko-notranjska statistical region (53.4%) and the lowest in the Zasavska statistical region (48.1%), followed by the Podravska statistical region (49.8%).