A third of young Slovaks are unemployed

According to data from the Statistical Office SR, one in three young Slovaks is out of work, with the number of people who have never worked increasing by 7,500 in the last quarter of 2010 alone, reports daily Pravda.

Labour offices have their work cut out for them

This is the worst figure in the EU, while experts are not so confident that things are going to get better anytime soon. The unemployment rate in Slovakia currently stands at around 14%, but among young people aged 15-24 the rate soars to as high as 33.6%.

The whole problem seems to lie in the fact that companies are not so keen to take on inexperienced employees who have no proven track record. Although the Labour Office has a special programme in place for giving work experience to fresh school-leavers, the system is not so functional and is often misused.

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