At the end of January this year almost 140,000 people were registered as unemployed in Croatia, which is a massive 11.9 percent less than from the same month from 2019. The Croatian Employment Bureau (HZZ) have released figures for the beginning of this year which show that 139,924 people were registered as unemployed in January, up by 8,171 from December 2019.
Across the country the area with the highest unemployment rate was the Split-Dalmatia County with over 24,000 people registered as unemployed. And the county with the lowest rate was the Lika-Senj County, which is unsurprising as this is the least populated county.
Undoubtedly the general rise in economic levels, driven in a large part by tourism, across the country has had a factor on the decrease in unemployment levels. However, one major factor is also the flood of people leaving Croatia to find jobs in other European Union countries. Estimates suggest that upwards of 300,000 people have left since Croatia became a full member of the EU and citizens gained the rights to work across the union.
From the total of 139,924 people registered as out of work in January this year only 39,261 actually received unemployment benefits from the state. Meaning that over 80 percent of unemployed people didn’t receive benefits.