Labour Force Survey Results, Slovenia, 3rd quarter 2017

With 6.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2017 the unemployment rate lower again

In the 3rd quarter of 2017 the number of unemployed persons remained the same as in the previous quarter (66,000), while the number of employed persons slightly increased (by 1.9%) compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017.The unemployment rate was at the lowest level in the last 8 years.

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The highest number of employed persons after 2009

There were 974,000 employed persons in Slovenia in the 3rd quarter of 2017, by 19,000 (1.9%) more than in the previous quarter and by 51,000 (5.5%) more than in the 3rd quarter of 2016. Among the employed there were:

  • 771,000 employees in labour relation (by 3.5% more than a year ago)
  • 115,000 self-employed (by 7.7% more than a year ago)
  • 44,000 student workers (by 14.1% more than a year ago)
  • 14,000 employees in other forms of employment (by 29.7% more than a year ago)
  • 30,000 unpaid family workers (by 38.9% more than a year ago)

The number of employed persons was the highest after the 4th quarter of 2009 (982,000).

10.4% fewer unemployed than in the 3rd quarter of 2016


In the 3rd quarter of 2017 the number of unemployed persons (66,000) remained the same as in the 2nd quarter, but it was by 7,000 (by 10.4%) lower than in the 3rd quarter of 2016. Among unemployed there were 43% men and 57% women.

As the number of unemployed has been recently declining, so has the number of long-term unemployed (i.e. unemployed for 12 months or more). In the 3rd quarter of 2017 it stood at 33,000, which was 15.0% lower than a year ago and 38.6% lower than two years ago.

Unemployment rate at 6.3%

In the 3rd quarter of 2017 the unemployment rate was at the lowest level (6.3%) after the 3rd quarter of 2009 (6.2%). For men it was 5.1%, 2.1 percentage points lower than in the same period of 2016 and the lowest after 2008. For women it was 7.7%, 0.5 of a percentage point lower than in the 3rd quarter of 2016.



With 55.4% in the 3rd quarter of 2017 the employment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than a year ago. It was 60.6% among men and 50.3% among women. The activity rate was 59.2%, 2.5 percentage points higher than in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Precarious work

In recent years precarious work has been a great socio-political challenge. It is a fluid category without any firm definition. The main characteristics of precarious work are unstable and uncertain forms of employment. On the basis of different user needs and the UNECE’s Handbook on Measuring Quality of Employment we have defined some categories that could represent precarious work:

  • Dependent self-employed (own-account workers) - self-employed without employees that work mainly for one client
  • Student work and other agency work
  • (Involuntary) part-time employment

The data indicate that in the 3rd quarter of 2017 there were 12.5% (14,000) of self-employed without any employees working mainly for one client, 44,000 student workers, 14,000 other agency workers and 9,000 employees in formal labour relation working part-time because they could not find a full-time job.

Detailed data and time series are available on the SI-STAT data portal.
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