According to data from the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), the fall in GDP and the rise in unemployment in the first quarter of 2021 were mainly due to the impact of the pandemic restrictions on the sectors of commerce, transport, accommodation and food. Photo credit: TMA / BD.
Rep. Czech, June 17 (BD) – According to data from the Czech Statistical Office (ČS the), the greatest impact of pandemic restrictions in the first quarter of this year was felt in the sectors of commerce, transport, accommodation and food, but there were also significant declines in personal care services and cultural, entertainment and recreation activities. On the other hand, the added value in the information and communication sector has increased year on year, and the resumption of growth in the manufacturing industry has been largely supported by the sectors oriented towards export, especially the production of motor vehicles.
“The decline of the Czech economy was always due to a decline in household consumption, linked to closed shops and limited services. Investment has also been low due to the uncertainty in the economy. The first months of 2021 then brought a short-term cooling of exports. This resulted in a deterioration of the foreign trade balance compared to the record at the end of 2020, ”said Marek Rojíček, President of the Czech Statistical Office.
The manufacturing industry was a major contributor to the year-on-year decline in employment in the first quarter of 2021. However, the trade, transport, accommodation and hospitality sectors were again the hardest hit. The number of self-employed workers and small businesses also declined year over year. In the first quarter of 2021, the total number in this group fell by more than 5%, the biggest drop since 2013. The general unemployment rate hit 3.4% in April this year, the highest in four years.
This contrasts sharply with the continued development of the information and communication sectors, in which companies are always looking for new employees, mainly for specialized positions. New positions with higher qualification requirements were also available in public services, especially education and health care.
In contrast, last year’s significant increase in the number of economically inactive employees, that is, people who are neither working nor actively looking for a job, did not continue in the first quarter of 2021. However, , the availability of part-time jobs remained limited. jobs, affecting groups such as students and women on parental leave. In March 2021, the unemployment rate was highest among those under 25, especially women and employees in the tourism sector.
“Unemployment for women has increased twice as much year on year as that for men. Greater job losses in areas related to tourism and leisure activities, and a reduction in the supply of flexible working hours have also weakened the position of young people in the labor market, ”Rojíček added.
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