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More And More Roma Have Jobs As Unemployment Rate Declines In Hungary

By Tamás Székely // 2015.06.04.

Fewer Hungarian Roma lived in households where work was unavailable last year than five years before, Katalin Victor Langer said, presenting fresh poverty statistics. The rate of Roma living in households categorised as “low work intensity” dropped from 48% in 2009 to 26% by 2014, the deputy state secretary at the human resources ministry said. Hungary’s latest poverty statistics are “gloomy”, but there are some results which can be welcomed, such as the fall in the proportion of people living in social segregation. The Hungarian government has published an action plan which includes measures in education, desegregation and hands-on training for teachers, she added.

Meanwhile four Hungarian regions, all of them with large Roma population, have been included recently on a list of the EU’s twenty poorest regions, compiled by Eurostat on the basis of a comparison of regions’ GDP per capita on 2013 price levels to the EU-28 average for that year. Northern Hungary, with its per capita Gross Domestic Product amounting to fourty per cent of the EU’s average GDP, was named the community’s eighth poorest region, while the Northern Great Plain is eleventh on the list and the twelfth position is shared by Southern Transdanubia and the Southern Great Plain.

However, according to the latest, seasonally adjusted data compiled by the Eurostat, in April 2015 the unemployment rate in Hungary was 7,3 percent in Hungary, while it was 11.1 percent within the Euro-zone (19 countries) and 9.7 percent within the whole EU (28 member states). With this figure, Hungarian unemployment rate has been below the EU average for more than two years. At the same time Eurostat data also shows that most of the Hungarians are rather disappointed with their personal financial situation.

via hungarymatters.hu and ec.europa.eu/eurostat photo: Simon Móricz – nol.hu