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Nov 19, 2019

New labor program significantly cuts Hungary's unemployment rate

The finance minister has revealed that more than 50,000 jobseekers and fostered workers have transferred to the primary labor market since last August thanks to a government labor scheme.

The finance minister has revealed that more than 50,000 jobseekers and fostered workers have transferred to the primary labor market since last August thanks to a government labor scheme.

Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, said the new scheme has managed to cut unemployment quite significantly across Hungary.

Minister Varga said the government’s aim is for everyone able to work to have a job, adding that the scheme focused on disadvantaged groups from an employment aspect.

According to MTI, the project, initially rolled out in 15 counties, will cover the whole country by early 2020, making it easier for companies to increase headcount.

The government’s labor market reform program bolsters ties between public employment services and businesses to facilitate their access to the workforce, leading to a more effective outsourcing of jobs to the private sector.

“Part of the scheme involves screening potential applicants for their skills and abilities with a view to targeting employers more likely to take them on. The aim is to increase employment among the currently inactive and bring the country closer to full employment,” the minister said.

Minister Varga concluded that since 2010, around 500,000 previously inactive workers have been returned to the labor market, with the activity rate rising to 73 percent and the jobless rate steady at around 3 percent. The average job-seeking period has also been reduced.

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