The Czech unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 9.2 percent in February with the total of those without jobs and seeking work rising to 541,685, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs announced on Thursday.
Analysts said the 7,596 month-on-month rise in the number of jobless was a surprise since most had expected the level to stabilize at January’s level. The rise is the fourth month in a row that the overall unemployment total has risen.
One bright spot from the figures was a 2,200 month-on-month rise in the number of vacancies compared with January. They now stand at 36,671 with an average 14.8 workers for every job on offer.
The unemployment level in February 2011 stood at 9.6 percent.