Labour Force Survey Results, Slovenia, 2nd quarter 2020

Worse conditions on the labour market in the 2nd quarter of 2020, unemployment rate at 5.2%.

The 2nd quarter of 2020 was characterised by a higher unemployment rate, fewer employed young persons, fewer employees with fixed-term contracts and fewer employees with part-time jobs.  

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Unemployment
The number of unemployed persons (53,000) in the 2nd quarter of 2020 was higher by 9,000 compared to the previous year. According to the age structure, the unemployed persons in the age group of 30–49 years predominated. In the 2nd quarter of 2020, the number of young unemployed (15–29 years) exceeded the number of older unemployed (50+). 


In the 2nd quarter 2020, the unemployment rate was 5.2%. Compared to the same period last year, it increased by 1 percentage point. It was 4.5% among men and 5.9% among women. 
The unemployment rate was the highest (16%) among young people in the 15–24 age group. Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate among young people increased by 9.5 percentage points. The unemployment rate was the lowest (3.9%) in the age group 50–64. Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2019, the rate decreased by 0.6 of a percentage point.

Fewer employed persons
The number of employed persons (968,000) in the 2nd quarter of 2020 increased by 2.3% compared to the same period last year. Among employed persons, 86% were employees, 12% were self-employed and 2% were unpaid family workers. Among employees, the number of student workers decreased the most, by 51.2%.

As regards the type of employment, compared to the same period last year a 30% decrease in employees with fixed-term contracts and a slight increase (by 3.2%) in employees employed for an indefinite period were detected.
In terms of working time, the share of full-time employees did not change significantly, while the share of part-time employees decreased by almost 15 percentage points.

Precarious jobs
Precarious workers (39,000) accounted for 4.1% of all employed persons in the 2nd quarter of 2020. 
Compared to the same period last year, the share of precarious workers decreased by 1.5 percentage points. Precarious forms of work include student work, agency work, involuntary part-time employment and the self-employed who are not employers and work mainly for one client.

On lay-off
In the 2nd quarter of 2020, due to the difficult situation on the labour market, an average of 193,000 employed persons did not work. This represented 20% of all persons in employment. The persons did not perform work in the week before the survey; however, they were employees, self-employed or regularly performed some paid work. In the 2nd quarter of 2019 the share of people that did not work among employed persons was 10%.

As regards the reason why they did not perform work, 45% were employed who were on lay-off, 15% were on sick leave, and 11% did not perform work due to technological or economic reasons. 



Population by activity, Slovenia (number in 1,000)
IV–VI 2019IV–VI 2020
TotalMenWomenTotalMenWomen
Population – total2,0811,0391,0422,0961,0511,045
Labour force1,0345594761,021553468
   Employed991537453968528440
   ...Employees845441404835445390
   ...Self-employed12687391157638
   ...Unpaid family workers2010M10187M12
   Unemployed432122532528
Inactive733319414760336424
Source: SURS
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M - less precise estimate - use with caution
METHODOLOGICAL NOTE
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, SURS was faced with difficulties in data collection, checking and processing. In this situation SURS continues to be obliged to timely publication of data, but due to the mentioned reasons the data published in this release are of slightly lower quality and less reliable than usually.

Due to the measures in force in the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the collection of LFS data (2nd quarter), we experienced difficulties in data collection. The response rate in the 2nd quarter of 2020 was 49.0%, 28.7 percentage points lower than the average response rate in 2019 (77.7%). 

More detailed information on methodological changes during the coronavirus epidemic can be found in the updated Methodological Explanation.

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