Unemployment falls to below 10 percent. Food prices push Czech inflation slightly higher, reversing trend. Industrial production sees increase in September. Seasonally adjusted construction output at constant prices up 0.2% m-o-m. Government offers more money to bail out indebted hospitals. Czech farmers seek exception from EU bone-meal ban. Official: report of Czech illegal workers in U.S. exaggerated. North Moravian municipalities against planned nuclear plant. Czech Railways to lease Prague's main station to Grandi Stazioni of Italy.
The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry has said that unemployment has fallen to below 10 percent. A spokesman for the ministry said unemployment had dropped from 10.1 per cent in September to 9.9 per cent in October. The fall was greater than analysts had predicted, with just over half a million people now out of work. Economists said the floods of 2002 had undermined the Czech economy and that economic activity was displaying a comeback.
Two stories dominate today's front pages: Thursday's appeals hearing in the case of former Foreign Ministry official Karel Srba and the probable end of short-term work contracts. LIDOVE NOVINY and PRAVO lead with the verdict of the Prague High Court which on Thursday rejected the appeals of Karel Srba and his four accomplices; a lower court had previously found them guilty of plotting to murder an investigative journalist.
The determined rescue efforts that went into saving a group of eleven Russian miners trapped 700 metres underground for six long days has been a closely watched story - and today's papers finally bring relief - the struggle is over and the blackened, tired faces of the rescued miners look out from the front pages. It was a nightmare but it is over, one of them says.
Imagine you are a sales assistant in a supermarket, where you have been working for the last five years. You have not yet been made a permanent employee, but this doesn't seem to be a problem as every three months you simply sign a new short-term contract. One day, you come to work and your boss tells you that your contract is not going to be renewed. Suddenly you find yourself on the street. A change to the Labour Code, which is being proposed as part of the government's effort to bring Czech employment law into line with EU norms, aims to make
Unemployment in the Czech Republic has risen to its highest level in seven months, reflecting the slow rate of growth in the nation's economy. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said the registered jobless rate rose to 10.1 percent in September from 10.0 percent in August and was up from 9.4 percent in September 2002. This was the highest level since February 2003, when the registered jobless rate stood at 10.2 percent.
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