Czech unemployment rises in June, reaching levels last seen in 2017

Coronavirus has had a moderate impact on the Czech employment market

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 03.08.2020 08:43 (updated on 03.08.2020)

The Czech employment rate for people between 15 and 64 years of age, seasonally adjusted, reached 74.0% in June 2020, a drop of 1.3 percentage points compared to that in June 2019. The male employment rate was 80.9%; while for women the employment rate was 66.7%, both seasonally adjusted, according to figures from the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ).

The employment rate of persons aged 15–29 years, seasonally adjusted, was 45.4%, in the age group 30–49 years it attained 87.4%, and in the age group 50–64 years it reached 76.2%.

The general unemployment rate of the aged 15–64 years, seasonally adjusted, reached 2.6% in June 2020 and increased by 0.8 percentage points, year-on-year. The male unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, attained 2.6%; the female unemployment rate reached 2.7%.

“While numbers of hours worked in June almost returned to usual amounts, the coronavirus crisis is more and more reflected in the unemployment. Comparable number of the unemployed as in June this year was reported for the last time in September 2017. Especially, we can see an increasing number of males seeking work,” Dalibor Holý, director of ČSÚ’s Labor Market and Equal Opportunities Statistics Department, said.

The economic activity rate of the aged 15–64 years, seasonally adjusted, reached 76.0% and declined by 0.7 percentage points compared to June 2019. Following the seasonal adjustment, the male economic activity rate (83.0%) exceeded the female economic activity rate by 14.4 percentage points.

The total number of employed people aged 15–64 years in June was 5,062,700, with 2,826,600 men and 2,236,000 women.

As for the unemployed in June between 15 and 64, there was a total of 137,500, with 74,700 men and 62,900 women.

The average number of weekly hours worked per person reached 37.2, with employees working 36.7 hours and self-employed people working 39.6 hours.

The EU statistical branch Eurostat publishes a monthly unemployment rate, identical in methodology applied but for the age group of 15–74. In the Czech Republic, the general unemployment rate for the people aged 15–74 in June 2020 was also 2.6%.

The Czech Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs uses a different methodology, and put June unemployment at 3.7%, which was still the lowest in European Union. The full effects of the coronavirus pandemic on employment are not expected to be reflected in statistics until the fall.