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Poland's unemployment rate inches down to 14.3 per cent in March

WARSAW, Poland – Government figures show that Poland’s jobless rate inched down to 14.3 per cent in March from 14.4 per cent the month before.

The Main Statistical Office said Tuesday that some 2.3 million people in this country of 38 million were registered as unemployed at the end of March, a decrease of about 18,000 from February.

The jobless rate usually drops in the spring and summer as seasonal jobs become available in farming, forestry, construction and tourism.

Poland had weathered the global and European financial crises with good economic growth, but recent data indicate a significant slowdown. The jobless rate soared in the winter, from 12.4 per cent in October.

The economy grew 1.9 per cent last year, a slowdown from 4.5 per cent in 2011, the office said.