A total 102,860 new work contracts were registered in the week that passed since the enforcement of the new Labour Code, driven by the 3,000 checks made by labour inspectors since May 2, Premier Emil Boc announced yesterday, in his position of caretaking Labour Minister. Most contracts (22,000) were registered in the construction sector, said PM Boc, who added that the controls against illegal labour will go on through May, and also in June.
On the same occasion, the prime minister announced that Romania reported an unemployment rate of 5.41 pc in April, with little over 490,000 jobless, which means a decline from March this year. “Since March 2010, when we had the highest unemployment rate of the crisis period – 8.39 pc – the number of jobless has kept decreasing. We have reached the unemployment rate of January 2007, when it was a time of economic growth, and now we are coming after a difficult time,” Boc stated. The premier expects unemployment to decline in the future too, because “the main concern of the government is to create new jobs.” (A. C.)