The unemployment rate was 9.2 percent as of March 31, 2011, down from 9.7 percent a year earlier and from 9.6 percent in February, according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MPSV). The rate has been falling since Jan. 31, 2011, when it stood at 9.7 percent, but unemployment had been as low as 8.5 percent in September and October 2010.
Czechs generated the least amount of municipal waste per person in the EU-27, but had one of the worst rates of recycling and composting, figures from Eurostat showed. In the Czech Republic, 83 percent of treated waste was landfilled, 12 percent was incinerated, and only 2 percent was recycled and 2 percent was composted.
The unemployment rate was 9.6 percent as of the end of February, according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MPSV). That is drop from 9.7 percent as of the end of January and from 9.9 percent a year ago. The ministry uses different methodology than the EU statistical arm, Eurostat, which put Czech unemployment in January 2011 at 7.9 percent.
The level of employment for women across the EU-27 drops for each child that the woman has, according to statistics released by Eurostat to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. The Czech Republic follows the same trend. Men, on the other hand are more likely to work after the first and second child. There were seven times as many single moms across the EU as single dads, which rose in the Czech Republic to nine times as many single moms.
Prague and the greater Bratislava area were the only regions in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to make it into the top 10 for gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant, according to the EU statistical arm Eurostat. Western Europe dominated the chart, however. The bottom 20 spots were all in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and Hungary; and some Czech and Slovak regions were still below 75 percent of the EU average.
Czechs are below the EU average when it comes to losing information to a virus or other computer infection, according statistics released by Eurostat for Safer Internet Day on Feb. 8. An even though just 1 percent of Czech computer users reported abuse of personal information and financial loss due to phishing or pharming, Czechs could be a bit safer. Only 68 percent use anti-virus or other safety software.
Industrial production figures for November from the EU statistical arm Eurostat beat analysts’ predictions, with seasonally adjusted industrial production up 1.4 percent month on month in the EU-27. The Czech Republic was among the best performers with a 2.0 percent month-on-month growth (up 13 percent year on year).
Retail trade figures for November were up over the previous year, and slightly ahead of analysts’ expectations. Strong sales in the auto sector were a big factor. On the other hand, sales of motor fuels dropped. Large growth was also registered in online sales. Some analysts warn that a strong rebound in consumer buying could spur inflation.
Czechs tend to live at home with one or more parents a bit longer than the EU-27 average. A report from Eurostat shows that there is a divide in Europe, with young people in northern states moving out sooner, while those in southern states and new EU members move out later in life. The report also exposed a gender gap, with women moving out on their own sooner than men.
Nowhere in the EU is the risk of falling into poverty lower than in the Czech Republic, and the country also can boast one of the lowest percentage of people at risk of ‘social exclusion,’ according to a new Eurostat report. Meanwhile, the EU aims to reduce by 20 million the number of people at risk of poverty in Europe by 2020.