Romania’s unemployment rate stood at 6.8% in 2014, down compared to the previous year, and the employment rate of the working-age population (aged 15 to 64) reached 61%, show the data released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INS).
In 2014, Romania’s active population stood at 9,243,000 people, of whom 8,614,000 were employed and 629,000 were unemployed.
According to the INS, the unemployment rate recorded in 2014 decreased from 7.1%, as it was in the previous year, to 6.8%, with the most affected by unemployment being high-school graduates (with a rate of 7.2%) and secondary-school ones (6.7%). At the same time, the unemployment rate of the people with higher education stood at 5.8%.
By gender, men’s unemployment rate stood last year at 7.3% and women’s at 6.1%. The unemployment rate had the highest level (24%) amongst young people (aged 15 to 24).
The employment rate of the working-age population (aged 15 to 64) reached 61%, up by 0.9 percentage points from a year earlier. Last year, the actual average duration of the working week for the main activity was 38.9 hours per week, and 166,000 people carried out also secondary activities, having worked an average of 14.5 hours per week. Out of total employed people, 860,000 people worked part time in 2014 (10%).
The source for the data is the statistical survey on workforce in households, which is conducted quarterly, in line with the Regulations of the European Council and Parliament on the organization of a selective statistical survey on the workforce in the EU, Agerpres informs.