Statistical offices of some countries have reported a considerable increase in unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Unemployment rate* per country (as of September 2020):
Spain – 16.5%
Lithuania – 9.8%
Italy – 9.6%
Latvia – 8.4%
Finland – 8.3%
the USA – 7.9%
Portugal – 7.7%
Slovakia – 6.8%.
According to Belarus' National Statistics Committee, 4,313,500 people were employed in the Belarusian economy as of September 2020. The unemployment rate was at 4%**.
Ensuring effective employment is an important aspect of the Belarusian social policy.
*Eurostat data calculated using the methodology of the International Labor Organization (ILO) that takes into account persons aged 15-74, including people between jobs.
**Data of the National Statistics Committee calculated using the ILO methodology from Q3 2020.
Sources: National Statistics Committee of Belarus, Eurostat.