Regional Unemployment in Slovenia

In the first half of 2007, the average registered unemployment rate was lower in all regions compared with the same period of 2006. Nevertheless, regional disparities widened. Although the regions with the highest unemployment rates recorded the biggest decreases (measured in percentage points), most of these regions further widened their relative gaps in comparison with the Slovenian average. Regional registered unemployment rates exceed the national average by 73% in Pomurska, by 35% in Podravska, and by about a quarter in the Zasavska and Savinjska regions. Spodnjeposavska and Koroska also have above-average rates. Gorenjska had the lowest registered unemployment rate in the first half of 2007 (slightly less than 63% of the Slovenian average), replacing Goriska in this position, which traditionally had the lowest unemployment rates (now 63.5% of the Slovenian average). The highest regional registered unemployment rate is 2.7-times higher than the lowest one. The coefficient of variation, which shows regional disparities, also rose by 1 p.p. and totalled 31.8% in the first six months of 2007.


3 thoughts on “Regional Unemployment in Slovenia

  1. I think every country is facing the problem of regional disparity, even more when there is a country just with few big and industrially important cities. Also in Slovakia almost everything- industry, services- are concentrated in the capital and other towns are falling behind. Also the education in other parts of Slovakia is not of such a good quality and the young people use to come to Bratislava to study there and in many case they also stay to live and work there. That´s why is very important that also the foreign investors start their business in poorer regions. They can take advantage of the cheap labour force as well as provide new job opportunities to the local people…

  2. Regional unemployment is also a big problem in Germany. Right now our average unemployment rate is about 7.8 %. In West Germany the unemployment rate is 6.4% in contrast to East Germany: 13,4%.

    The reason for that is that people in the East Germany part earns less money than in West Germany part, about 41% differences. Young people doesn’t see any chances to work there as there are nearly no companies offering work and the salary is really low. Therefore, some young people move to West Germany to find a job. Moreover, another reason is that after 1990 ( Western and Eastern Germany are combined) the possibilities of work in eastern Germany decreases because the farmers union of eastern Germany were liquidated.

    Still West Germany pays a lot of subvention (about millions € annually ) to the Eastern part, however, there is still a lack of infrastructure especially in the urban areas. Thus big companies doesn’t want to go there. This problem of disaparity will last more than 10 years until the conditions will be equal.

  3. In Latvia we have the same problem, because Latvia is divided in 4 regions and the most developed is Vidzeme (the region with capital city Riga) and the last is Latgale – the region with the higher unemployment rate in our country.
    Indeat the unemployment in Latvia in January 2008 was tenth lowest in EU. According to data published by EU Statistical Bureau Eurostat. That in the January 2008 unemployment level in Latvia was 6.1% of all economically active residents.

    The unemployment rate has declined steadily since 2000 and is estimated to reach 5.9 % in 2007, declining further in 2008. Latvia has experienced large scale emigration since the country joined the EU in 2004 and according to some estimates 6 % of the Latvian work force has left. This has contributed to the falling unemployment rate but also created a lack of a skilled work force, especially in construction. However, there is much unrecorded activity in the Latvian economy and there are major variations in employment and unemployment rates between and among cities and regional areas.


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