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    Unemployment rate forecast to remain at 5.5 percent in February, says ministry

    The Social Policy Ministry of Poland reported that the country’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, which is the same as the rate in the preceding month.

    The unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points compared to the same month last year.

    The ministry reported that the number of registered unemployed had dropped by 55,700 to 866,100 by the end of February.

    Marlena Malag, the family and social policy minister, announced on Monday that the unemployment rate as of January, according to the Central Statistical Office, was 5.5 percent. This is the lowest it has been since February 2020, prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “While in other countries businesses are still shutting down due to the outcomes of the pandemic, Poland is a leader with the lowest unemployment rate in the whole of the European Union,” she said. “Only the Czech Republic has outpaced us.”

    Malag credits the government’s generous support of businesses and their decision to open the labour market to Ukrainian migrants with allowing domestic companies to expand. This was due to the fact that migrant workers filled gaps resulting from staff shortages.

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