Hungary - Employment data released - May 31, 2017

The Central Statistical Office (KSH) released data showing that 105,000 more citizens are currently working in the primary labour market than at this time in 2016, while the number of public workers decreased by 11,000, and the number of Hungarians working abroad dropped by 9,000. Employment statistics are often criticised for being inflated by the controversial public work program, whereby unemployed people undertake menial tasks such as digging ditches, sweeping streets, or service and delivery activities, often for less than minimum wage. However, recent data on public work released by the KSH suggests that the number of those engaging in public work is on the decrease. The increase in those workers in the primary labour market coupled with fewer public workers suggests actual job growth in 2016.

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