Jobless rate falls, minister says government right to end pay support

Unemployment in the Czech Republic fell to 3.9 percent in May, down from the 4.1 percent recorded the previous month, according to official data released on Monday.

The unemployment rate in May was three percentage points higher than the figure seen in the same month last year.

The minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, said the latest numbers showed that the government had been right to end a programme supporting workers’ pay in view of the Covid crisis. The economy is opening up and businesses can stand on their own two feet without aid, she said.

Author: Ian Willoughby