Labour Force Survey Results, Slovenia, 3rd quarter 2021

Unemployment rate remains below 5%

In the third quarter of 2021, the unemployment rate in Slovenia was 4.5%, slightly higher than in the previous quarter (4.3%), but lower than in the third quarter of 2020 (5.1%). We also saw an increase in the employment rate and in student work.

  • 26 November 2021 at 10:30
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Unemployment rate at 4.5%

The unemployment rate grew in 2020 and reached 5.6% at the beginning of this year. In the 3rd quarter of 2021, it was 4.5%, 0.2 of a percentage point higher than between April and June, but still below 5%. The unemployment rate was 4.8% for men and 4.2% for women.

The employment rate higher for both men and women

The number of employed persons (998,000) was 20,000 higher than a year ago. The employment rate was 57.3%, an increase of 2.4 percentage points compared to the third quarter of 2020. The employment rate increased both for men and for women; 61.5% of men and 53.0% of women aged 15 and over were employed.

The increase in the number of employed persons is among the highest in the 15 to 24 years age group, by a third more compared to the same quarter of 2020. The main reason for this is the increase in the number of persons who performed student work in this quarter (63% more).

Employed according to employment status

Despite the fact that the total number of persons in employment increased in the 3rd quarter, the number of employees in labour relation decreased by 2.5% compared to a year ago. The ratios remained approximately the same: 81% of the employed persons were employees in labour relation, 12% were self-employed, 4% worked through the student employment service, while the rest performed other forms of work or helped on family farms or with the family business.
Population by activity, Slovenia (number in 1,000)
IV–VI 2021VII–IX 2021
Residents of private households – total2,0621,0421,0202,0601,0401,020
Labour force1,0235524701,046566479
   …employed over the student service271115431924
   …unpaid family workers19M8M11M21M8M12M
Source: SURS
M - less precise estimate - use with caution

The Slovenian Labour Force Survey has a renewed questionnaire and revised methodology valid from the first quarter of 2021. The majority of changes are consequences of the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 October 2019 establishing a common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples, together with its implementing and delegated acts.
Key changes (which also have consequence on the disseminated statistics) include the new definitions of the target population, household and employed persons.
Target population consists of all residents of Slovenia residing in the private households (until 2020 the target population were all Slovenian residents). A household is any community (with family or other relations) of persons, who live and eat together and use their income to cover basic living needs. In the revised definition, also students who do not live in their primary household are considered to be in the household if they are economically dependent on this household.
Employed persons are persons, aged 15-89, who during the reference week did any work for pay or profit (in cash or kind) or family gain for at least one hour, including contributing family workers. Persons who were not working but had a job from which they were temporarily absent are also considered employed. Absences include holidays, annual, sick, parental, maternity, parental leave, such working arrangements or compensation of hours, education or training connected to the job. Also seasonal workers absent due to off-season time but performing any kind of work linked to their seasonal work are also listed among employed persons. The same goes for ones absent due to other reasons or lay-off if the total duration of absence is 3 months or less.

Additional explanations are available in the updated Methodological explanations.

When making use of the data and information of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, always add: "Source: SURS". More: Copyright.