Most recent GUS figures show that in January the registered unemployment rate rose to 12 percent. – Although the rate of people registered as looking for work increased significantly at the end of last year, one could say that most recent figures brought a positive surprise. January is also a month of a rapid increase in seasonal unemployment. Year-to-year the dynamics of unemployment decrease maintains a solid level – comments Łukasz Kozłowski, expert of Employers of Poland.
This development is certainly a positive surprise. Prognoses made by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy a couple of days before were more pessimistic and suggested that last month’s unemployment rate was 12.1 percent.
From the moment these tentative estimation were announced it appeared that we would have to wait a few months for a decisive answer to the question of whether we are seeing the first symptoms of the exhaustion of Polish – which, thus far, has created new jobs at a surprisingly fast rate – or whether the year-to-year unemployment decrease dynamics pick up speed yet again, as has been the case in recent times. However, we can already conclude that the current scenario is positive for Polish economy, which is also confirmed by increased employment in entrepreneurship and an increase in the number of work offers in Labour Offices.
Łukasz Kozłowski, expert of Employers of Poland