343.363 WITHOUT A JOB
The number of unemployed persons in Macedonia amounted 343.363 in 2008, among them 271.774 persons willing to work were actively looking for a job.
According to figures published on the Employment Agency's web site, 71.589 persons claimed they report to the Agency to get free health insurance.
The number of jobless fell by 13.000 from a year ago, when the number of jobless stood at 357.166.
The vast majority of unemployed were registered in Skopje, followed by Tetovo (30.499), Kumanovo (29.074), Prilep (23.408), and Strumica (19.161).
State Statistical Office has not yet released the 2008 unemployment data. However, the Office's data on unemployment in 2007 did not match the Employment Agency's data.
According to State Statistical Office, the number of jobless amounted 316.905 by the end of 2007. The nations' unemployment rate stood at 34.9% in 2007, down 1.4% compared to 2006.