Polish unemployment rate estimated at 6.1 pct in July - labour ministry

Poland's unemployment rate has likely remained unchanged from June and stayed at 6.1 pct at end-July, preliminary estimates from the Labour Ministry show.

July is the first month since the outbreak of the pandemic when this indicator has not increased, the ministry said.

"After freezing the economy and the resulting restrictions, the situation on the labour market seems to be stabilising. The initially alarming reactions of employers and the related announcements of layoffs have clearly weakened. Undoubtedly, this was due to the measures proposed in the so-called anti-crisis shield (a special package of laws to offset the economic effects of the epidemic - PAP)," Labour Minister Marlena Malag told PAP.

The number of jobless edged up to 1.03 million in July by some 3,700 as compared to June, the ministry's estimates showed.

According to the ministry, in the months to come, the unemployment growth pace is likely to decelerate, although an increased inflow of jobless will likely come after employment contract termination periods and the summer season end.