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Hungarian employment data among best in Europe

According to the latest Eurostat data, employment growth in Hungary increased the most in the first quarter of 2021 thanks to the government’s crisis management strategy.

Sándor Bodó, Secretary of State for Employment Policy, announced that the number of people employed in domestic jobs increased by 1.1 percent compared to the last quarter of 2020, placing Hungary at the forefront of the Union.

According to the most recent Eurostat data, employment in the European Union fell by 0.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, so Hungary performed much better. 

The state secretary recalled that economic protection measures have helped more than 1.6 million Hungarians in 2020 and 2021. With wage subsidy programs alone, the government has protected or created nearly half a million jobs since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.

Bodó said that the emphasis will now shift to restarting the economy. For example, under the Enterprise Workforce Support program starting in June, companies can receive up to HUF 600,000 in support for half a year if they employ someone who was a registered job seeker for at least a month.

Meanwhile, self-employed people engaged in 56 activities affected by the emergency restrictions can apply to district offices for an amount equal to the guaranteed minimum wage, a one-time payment of HUF 219,000, he added.

In Hungary, more than 4.5 million people are working, and the number of job seekers has decreased by 100,000 compared to last summer. The government will continue to provide all the necessary help to ensure that Hungarians can work to make a living, Sándor Bodó emphasized.

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