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a) Labour market in Bulgaria

According to the Labor Force Survey, conducted by the National Statistical Institute, in
the first quarter of 2019, on an annual basis, employment increased and
unemployment continued to decline. This part of the year is usually characterized as a
more inactive and a winter period, which in turn further highlights the positive trends
in the labor market. According to the Employment Agency data, the unemployed
registered in the labor offices in April 2019 also decrease on an annual and monthly

Employment. In the first quarter of 2019, the number of employed persons aged 15
and over increased by 48.5 thousand compared to the first quarter of 2018. Their
number was 3147.8 thousand, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, a minimum
decrease of 1.1 thousand.