The measures are giving excellent effects, unemployment at historic low level

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Dental office, a textile company and firm mounting of electrical-equipment, the owners of these companies have successfully used and realized employment measures, writes Lider.


Through the measure of self-employment the resident of Skopje Biljana Chonevski, specialist in orthodontics, realized her dream. After of a year unsuccessful applying for job as dentist, decided to become her own boss. Exactly six months ago with the help of active employment measures, Biljana opened her dental practice in Kozle. She says that the state aid was invaluable to start her business.

The measures from the projevt “Macedonia employs” are attractive for other cities and companies. From Ohrid textile company, Almatekst said it increased the number of employees and they plan additional jobs in the future.

Three years ago unsuccessfully was applying for job and Anita Korunoski, resident of Shtip. Once she was informed about the employment measures through the media and the local unit of the employment agency, with the grant for self-employment she became owner of a company with five employees.

Unemployment is at historic low level.

The latest statistics show that unemployment has been reduced to 27.3 percents. According to the latest data from the State Statistical Office the rate is decreased by 1.1 percentage point when compared the first quarter with the same period last year. The number of employees in the first quarter 2015 is 697 248 persons and compared to the first quarter last year are increased by 10 971 persons, i.e. 1.6%. The latest data from the State Statistic Office show that the employment rate is 41.6% and compared with the fourth quarter 2014 is increased by 0.1 percentage points.

Despite the economic crisis, unemployment in the country from 38% for a decade period decreased to 10.7%

Statistics show that most unemployed or 166,414 are at the age of 25 to 49 years. Most of the employees or 540,669 are in the private sector and 156,579 in other fields. Most of people are employed in processing industry and the agricultural sector. These data show that continues the continued drop in unemployment as a result of government measures, foreign investment and continuous improvement of business climate.

Stavreski: Our target is within three years the unemployment to decline to 22 percent

Despite the politically situation in the country, continues the trend each quarter to decline unemployment. It is good and I believe will continue in the future, with our target is to reach 22 percents unemployment for period of three to three and a half years, said Vice Premier and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski in interview with MRT.

Sure it is good trend of decreasing unemployment, recent data until the end of March show that continues the good tend, each quarter to decline unemployment, in circumstances where in Europe it has reverse movements. At the same time, the number of employees is increased. So, last year we had about 10,000 fewer unemployed and around 11,000 people were employed in the meantime. It is good figure for year in which in the second quarter, last year we had elections and in the first quarter of this year, there is political instability. These trends show that the private sector manages to create jobs. It is good and I believe will continue in the future, with our target is to reach 22 percents unemployment.

Government measures and new investments contributed to reduce unemployment

-Sure, the unemployment is not reduced accidently. It is the result of government policies that are essentially on two fronts. The first is to create good business climate and to maintain the same low taxes to attract foreign investors and to allow the domestic investors to expand their operations and create jobs. Over 13 thousand jobs are created in the free zones and tens of thousands of jobs in local companies. On the other hand, active policies of the government as second segment of solving the problem of unemployment are important, there are number of implemented projects in the past years, mainly for self-employment project, the new project “Macedonia employs” and many other projects that the Agency for Employment implements in order targeted groups to improve conditions for their involvement in the production process. Only with the project Macedonia employs in less than one month are engaged more than 1,600 people in conditions when there is still some cramp at the private sector due to the current political situation, so that through this project I believe we will reach the target of 20 thousand jobs, and through other projects and active measures that we will be able to supplement what on the other side will be realized through economic growth and the involvement of workers in domestic and foreign companies, said Stavreski.

Yesterday the Government reported that 400 new businesses will be financed by the government with grant of 201 000 MKD within the Operational Plan for active employment measures through the Self Employment Program. 32 most innovative businesses will receive over 240 400 MKD, and for 60 who will prove their business plan that they need further employment for another person will be awarded another 92.000 MKD. In this way the Government is actively working to overcome one of the biggest problems, i.e. unemployment through active support and offering a wide range of possibilities.