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.