Slovakia - Economic growth and demand for skilled workers - June 30, 2017

The OECD 2017 economic survey reports that the unemployment rate has fallen below 10%, its lowest level in seven years. The ageing population will pose a long-term challenge to the labour market. Other analysts speak of a turning point as more and more workers who once commuted to work abroad are able to find employment in Slovakia. Jobs are becoming more available and better paid, and, thus, the motivation to stay at home is bigger. Especially those from poorer regions, no longer have to choose between sitting at home (unemployed) or leaving abroad. The number of citizens working outside the country has fallen by 2.9 percent (4,600 people) in the first quarter of 2017, the second consecutive quarter that the rates have fallen.

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