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.

More and more nurses leaving Slovenia

More and more Slovenian nurses are going in foreign countries because they can earn there for over thousand EUR more. Data reveals that every week competent chamber grants at least four licenses for those nurses who want to work in foreign countries.

Majority goes to Italy and Germany, attractive destinations are also Great Britain and Australia. In Slovenia is expected that there will be a greater drain of nurses due to bad working conditions and bad payment, and also attractive job offers in foreign countries. Some years ago flow of nurses from poorer EU members was expected, but it looks like that Slovenia is not an attractive option for them.

Again Slovenia is not only country in this situation. According to writing of European newspapers, this problems arise also in other EU countries, like United Kingdom for instance.

Will striking make any changes?

Events in last years especially this year when prices of  wheat, corn, etc. went through the roof, price of oil in every stock exchange breaks records and, inflation and many other things have made living of workers from middle and lower class a living hell. All this factors have impelled to go on streets and strike.

Major strikes have happened through whole Europe, from new member states of EU, like Slovenia, to old members, like France, etc. Conditions in which we are living this time almost forced people to demonstrate against them, to take some kind of action, not just in Europe, through hole world.

As I wrote Slovenia is not immune to this situation. And response to that there were demonstrations against government policy, because wages are falling behind raise of prices, life is getting to expensive for majority, and many other reasons. It was one of he biggest demonstrations we had since our independence and in my opinion this shows the real meaning of the sitation.

I’m sure that your country is also a part of this global problem, and perhaps you would like to tell more about situation in which we are now and propositions what is to be done to make things better. Of course I would like to know how is government dealing with this in your countries and how people feel this changes.

Europe in year 2015

Europe in year 2015

We found this “map” by accident but it come to our attention. We find it interesting because, in our opinion, shows some real and actual European issues. When we were looking on the map we noticed some interesting conclusions, for example where Netherlands should be, there is now Euro-Indonesia. Why we mentioned Netherlands? In recent past there was a lot written about Dutch politician Geert Wilders who made a movie Fitna. Movie provoked many reactions; some of them were in favour of the movie and some against, of course. Anyhow the Dutch court decided that the movie Fitna can be shown, you can see it here.

Geert Wilders, as we wrote, provoked many reactions, however we think that wasn’t his only intention. With publishing the movie he also gain a lot of political points, hence votes. That is not that infrequent thing in Europe in recent years, that is to use extreme views on immigration conditions in certain country and with this gain political points. You can read more here.

We are aware that this map was made with a good measure of humour, but still it shows what people are thinking about economic and other immigrations and how immigrations affects peoples’ perception of image of Europe in next decade.

Jure & Marta

MOVIE “OFFSHORE”

movie “offshore”The movie is about a group of American workers whose jobs are being outsourced to a call center in India. Rather than taking their loss meekly, the displaced Americans plan a scheme to sabotage their former company’s efforts. The result is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant portrayal of what is happening in today’s global economy. Deb Tunis portrays a 50-something woman who is within a year of being able to retire from her company when she learns she and her co-workers are losing their jobs.

Although, some of us can see only one side of the movie – losing jobs over foreigners and often having to settle for for lover-paying jobs – there is more to it than that. Movie trailer.

The Real Cost Of Offshoring

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As you have already heard something about offshoring and mainly about outsourcing, the economists and experts points out the most important attribute of both, that is cost reduction or more likely cost efficiency. But some studies, that were took in United States, showed the opposite. Offshoring might cause some other effects than just cost reduction which would give a positive influence on GDP.

You can read more here.