Kosovo continues to face high unemployment

Kosovo continues to face high unemployment

Pristina, 5 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo continues to face a high unemployment rate. According to official statistics, the rate of unemployment in Kosovo has gone up to 35,3%.

Official figures indicate that out of a labor force with 1,2 million people, 300 thousand of them are employed, while the rest is either unemployed or inactive.

Based on the figures of the Kosovo Agency, 150 thousand people who are looking for a job, do not have a qualification.

However, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Arban Abrashi, says that over 15 thousand new workers have been employed in the past six months.

He says that the trend of employment is positive and the labor market is gaining stability.

However, the head of Independent Unions of Kosovo, Haxhi Arifi says that the number of employments is insignificant.

“I believe that that many jobs have been opened, but Kosovo needs more jobs”, Arifi said.

Meanwhile, high level of unemployment and poverty has accompanied Kosovo since the end of the war. The economic situation has been one of the reasons why at the end of last year, Kosovo has seen a growing number of people leaving the country to seek asylum in EU member countries. /ibna/