WARSAW, Poland – Government figures show that Poland’s jobless rate fell to 13.1 per cent at the end of July, compared to 13.2 per cent the month before, thanks to seasonal jobs.
The state Main Statistical Office released the figures on Monday. It said that some 2.1 million people, out of a population of 38 million, were out of work at the end of July — 16,000 less than at the end of June but 140,000 higher than in July 2012, when the jobless rate was 12.3 per cent. The Polish economy has slowed down, with output growth falling from 1.9 per cent last year to just over 1 per cent expected in 2013.
Early this year, unemployment was over 14 per cent, but the summer always helps reduce the rate, offering outdoor jobs in agriculture, construction and tourism.