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Estonia Q1 Unemployment Rate Rises

Estonia's jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in the first quarter from 9.3 percent in the previous quarter, Statistics Estonia reported Wednesday. But the rate was lower than the 11.5 percent seen during the same quarter of the previous year.

The estimated number of unemployed persons totaled 71,000, which was by 7,000 persons more compared to the previous quarter.

More than half of the 7,000 unemployed persons who were added compared to the previous quarter were under 25 years of age.

The youth unemployment rate or the share of unemployed persons aged 15-24 among the labor force of the same age was 23.1 percent, which was bigger compared to the previous quarter as well as to the same quarter of the previous year.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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