Unemployment likely to grow to 9-10 pct by year end - deputy PM

Referring to unemployment benefit, Emilewicz said that earlier - in the golden years for employees - its increase was unjustified but in the current situation "it will have to be raised." Rafał Guz/PAP

Polish Deputy PM and Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said that the unemployment rate was likely to grow to 9-10 percent by the end of 2020, and that the number of registered jobless could even reach 1.5 million.

Emilewicz added that in the current situation unemployment benefit could be raised.

The official underlined in an interview with a Catholic radio broadcaster that during the pandemic "one could speak with probability about what will happen in two weeks or a month."

She also said that various forecasts regarding a GDP growth differed greatly. "There are analysts who believe that Poland's economy could (...) expand above zero, or even by 1.9 percent, but there are also more pessimistic ones who are of the opinion that it could shrink even by 4.5 percent," she stated.

The deputy PM declared that the government had been trying to offer such solutions which would make it possible for employers to keep jobs. "The point is to help employers to keep their staff, even when it is necessary to cut working hours and reduce wages."

Referring to unemployment benefit, Emilewicz said that earlier - in the golden years for employees - its increase was unjustified but in the current situation "it will have to be raised."