Stavreski: Unemployment will continue to be decreased

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Unemployment in the Republic of Macedonia is continually going down, reducing to 22 percent by 2018. This will result from the measures implemented over the past nine years and those to be yet implemented, says Vice Premier and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski.

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“In 2006 we came across an unemployment rate of 38 percent and have managed to lower it to 28 percent through a number of measures – direct, indirect, favorable credits, infrastructure projects in construction and industry, free economic zones and other policies. These percentages mean hundreds of thousands of new jobs for citizens and their families”, Stavreski says in an interview with Sitel TV station.

According to him, the Government has helped many people in finding a job, which is the best way to fight unemployment in the future.

“By attracting new investments, providing good conditions for companies will help reduce unemployment to about 22 percent by 2018”, stresses Stavreski.

Regarding the law on transformation of the job contracts to full-time employment for a number of people engaged in state institutions, the FinMin says this is a fair solution for these individuals.

“A person cannot be engaged through a part-time contract for 8-9 years. We have managed to find a model to do this without causing fiscal implications”, adds Stavreski.

He says the Government is convinced that the solution, along with the one for payment of mandatory social contributions for part-time workers are right.

“The Government is obliged to embrace the good arguments and revise solutions. We have done this, thus significantly improving the conditions for both categories of employees”, underlines Stavreski.

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