Statistics: Unemployment rate in Bulgaria in Q2 in 2018 lower by 0.8 percentage points compared to same period in 201714 August 2018 | 15:16 | FOCUS News Agency
In the second quarter of 2018, there were a total of 3,157.1 thousand employed persons aged 15 and over, of whom 1,678.1 thousand men and 1,479.0 thousand women. The share of employed persons aged 15 and over was 52.5%, by 0.3 percentage points higher than in the same quarter of 2017. This share was 58.1% for men and 47.3% -- for women.
In Q2 of 2018, 2,002.3 thousand people, or almost two thirds of all employed, worked in the service sector, 940.7 thousand (29.8%) in the industry sector, and 214.1 thousand (6.8%) in agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
Employment in individual age groups was as follows:
Employed persons aged 15 - 64 were 3,078.2 thousand, an employment rate at 67.9% (71.2% for men and 64.4% for women).
The employment rate for the age group 15-29 was 40.6% (46.3% for men and 34.6% for women).
The employed persons aged 55-64 were 590.1 thousand, or 61.0% of the population in the same age group (64.9% of the men and 57.5% of the women).
The number of unemployed persons was 182.2 thousand, of which 109.8 thousand (60.3%) were men and 72.4 thousand (39.7%) women. The unemployment rate was 5.5% and fell by 0.8 percentage points compared to the second quarter of 2017, with men decreasing from 6.9 to 6.1% and women from 5.7 to 4.7%.
Along all unemployed persons, 13.6% had higher education degrees, 49.1% had completed secondary education, and 37.3% had basic or lower education. Unemployment rates by degree of education are respectively: 2.4% for higher education, 4.8% for secondary education and 16.1% for basic and lower education.
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