For 2019 we can say that the conditions on the labour market were good. There were 983,000 employed persons. The number did not increase by much compared to 2018. A bigger change was noticed in the number of unemployed persons compared to 2018. There were 46,000 unemployed persons in 2019. The number decreased by 13.6% compared to 2018. Favourable conditions on the labour market reflected in the unemployment rate, which was 4.5% or 0.7 of a percentage point lower than in 2018.
In 2019, the working population consisted of 848,000 employees, 118,000 self-employed and 16,000 unpaid family workers. Compared to 2018, there were 2% more employees, 3.5% fewer self-employed and 39.4% fewer unpaid family workers.
There were 848,000 employed persons in 2019. Among them, there were 96% employees in labour relation, 3% student workers and 1% employees in other forms of work. The total number of employees in labour relation (814,000) increased by 2.8% compared to the previous year. Among employees the number of temporarily employed decreased by 14%, while the number of permanently employed increased by 5%.
The number of (LFS) unemployed persons was increasing from 2008 to 2013 and reached the peak at 103,000. Since 2013 we have seen the downward trend. The number of employed persons decreased by 100,000 from 2008 to 2013, when there were more than a million in 2008. After 2013, the situation on the labour market in terms of employed persons began to improve. However, employers faced labour shortages. They were looking for potential workers among older, young and foreign workers. The employment rate decreased by 0.3 of a percentage point compared to the previous year and was 55.5% in 2019.
Detailed data on the Labour Force Survey will be released subsequently in the SiStat Database, presumably on 17 April 2020.