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Bulgaria Unemployment Rate up to 6,3% in 2nd Quarter of 2009

Date: 02.08.2009

Bulgaria's unemployment rate has reached 6,3% in the second quarter of 2009, which is a 0,5% increase year-on-year. The total number of unemployed Bulgarian in the age group 15-64 is 222 600, the National Statistical Institute reported.

In the rural areas and small villages the rate hits 9%, which is 3,5% more than the rate in the cities - 5,5%.

The number of unemployed people who have not been employed for less than one year has increased by 20,3% compared to the second three months of 2008, and reached 122 900 in the second quarter of 2009 (44,8% of all unemployed).

The number of unemployed people with prior experience has increased in the second quarter of 2009 year-on-year, compared to the number of those who are looking for their first job.

The number of unemployed Bulgarians in the age group 15-24 is 42 300, and the ratio of the youth unemployment is 14,6% of the overall number.

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