At the end of March, there were 181,959 employees in crafts and trades and free lances in Croatia, which is 1.1 percent or 2,009 people less than at the end of February, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.
At the end of March, there were 162,957 employees in the trade, which is 1.2 percent or 2,041 less than in February. The number of employees in the liberal professions increased by 32 persons, or 0.1 percent, to 19,002 employees. Statistics show that the number of employees increased in six areas of activity and ranges from 0.1 percent in arts, entertainment and recreation to 1.1 percent in agriculture, forestry and fishing.
A decrease in the number of employees was recorded in 12 areas of activity, from 0.4 percent in financial and insurance activities to 5.9 percent in the provision of accommodation and food preparation and serving.
The number of employees in the field of health care and social welfare remained at the level of February 2020.
In the manufacturing industry, within crafts and trades and free lances, at the end of March there were 26,211 employees, which is 0.8 percent less than in the previous month, in catering and tourism 22,011 employees (5.8 percent less), in trade 20,684 employees (1.5 percent less), and in construction 21,676 employees (0.4 percent less).
According to the counties, an increase in the number of employees was recorded in two counties and ranges from 0.2 percent in Bjelovar-Bilogora County to 0.7 percent in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The decline was recorded in 19 counties and ranged from 0.4 percent in Zagreb and Medimurje counties to 8.8 percent in Lika-Senj County.