May 20, 2020 / 11:45 AM / 7 days ago

Slovak unemployment jumps to 6.6% in April from 5.2% in March

BRATISLAVA, May 20 (Reuters) - Slovakia’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in April from 5.2% in March, the country’s labour office (UPSVR) said on Wednesday, as the impact of the coronavirus hit the manufacturing and export-oriented economy.

The UPSVR said the number of jobless people ready to start work rose by 37,763 on the month to 180,756, while the number of available jobs dropped by 11,072 to 73,602.

Slovakia has had fewer cases of the coronavirus than its neighbours and the more heavily-hit larger European economies, with 1,496 people infected and 28 deaths so far.

But the economy has been hit by disruptions in demand and supply chains that have idled production at some factories, as well as government restrictions on business. Most of the government restrictions have been lifted in May. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka)

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