Unemployment is at its lowest level since Macedonia’s independence

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When VMRO-DPMNE came to power in 2006 the unemployment was 38 percents, as of this second quarter is 26.8 percents and it is the lowest level since Macedonia’s independence. It is the result of continuous operation of the Government to create jobs by supporting domestic companies or by creating good business conditions and attracting foreign companies, said Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at the start of the construction of the new plant of the Italian company “Condevo” in TIDZ zone in Shtip.


– I would remind you that unemployment in Macedonia at the time of arrival of this Government in 2006 was nearly 38 percents, by which we had the highest record of unemployment. The latest data from the State Office of Statistics from last week show that as of the second quarter, i.e. from 30 of June, the unemployment was reduced from the 38 of 26.8 percents. It is the first result of the continued reduction in each quarter from the start of this Government, even during the biggest global crisis in 2008, 2009, 2010, even in times of strong European debt crisis in 2011, 2012, and in 2013, even in those times each quarter we had minor or major reductions in unemployment, said the Prime Minister Gruevski.

According to him, if we follow the data by quarter the unemployment was reduced sometime by zero one, sometimes two zero percents and this time for zero five in the last quarter.

– Unemployment has decreased steadily and constantly decreasing, because constant work on creating new jobs, whether it is with the Government support of domestic companies and creating good conditions for doing business with or by attracting foreign companies. So we came up with the current situation, when the unemployment is still high and we still need to work on reducing it and we will do this, but the current unemployment came to a level that is the lowest since Macedonia obtained independence. We will continue on that path, we will continue to reduce unemployment through all the measures that we take, through, above all, building better business environment, building good business conditions, the adjustment of laws and what is best for companies domestic and foreign active engagement of many government officials to attract these investments, said the Prime Minister Gruevski.