Bulgaria’s jobless rate rises to 6.7% in March

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Bulgaria’s registered unemployment rate increased to 6.7% in March from 6.2% a month earlier, as it was severely affected by the ongoing measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, the government’s employment agency said on Wednesday.
On an annual comparison basis, the registered unemployment rate rose by 0.8 percentage points, the employment agency said in a statement.
At the end of March, the number of registered unemployed people was 220,072, or 17,572 more than a month earlier.
A total of 16,835 unemployed people found a job with the help of labour offices countrywide last month.
Bulgaria’s registered job vacancies in March were 14,757, most of them in the hospitality sector – 21.1% of the total.
The first coronavirus case in Bulgaria was detected on March 8 and the country entered a state of emergency on March 13.

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