Unemployment increases by 1.96 percent since the beginning of pandemic

Unemployment increases by 1.96 percent since the beginning of pandemic

SARAJEVO, April 1 (FENA) – According to the latest indicators from the labor market, at the end of February there were 410,776 unemployed persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and compared to the previous month, the number of unemployed persons is lower by 4,251 people or 1.02 percent.

Of the total number of unemployed persons, 234,012 or 56.97 percent are women.

Compared to the same period last year, unemployment in BiH is higher by 7,888 people or 1.96 percent. Unemployment growth was caused by reduced economic activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and unemployment has increased by 7,888 people or 1.96 percent since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the last month, unemployment has decreased in the Federation of BiH by 3,194 people (1.02 percent), in the Republika Srpska by 914 people (1.1 percent) and in the Brčko District of BiH by 143 people (1.97 percent).

The structure of unemployed persons on the records is still unfavorable in the sense that almost a third of unemployed persons (27 percent) are hard-to-employ persons with completed high school or less.

According to the latest data from the BiH Agency for Statistics, in January this year, there were 809,667 employees in BiH, of which 349,753 were women. Compared to December 2020, the number of employed persons decreased by 0.5 percent, and the number of employed women also decreased by 0.5 percent, the Labor and Employment Agency of BiH announced.