28/10/2016 - Slovenia has implemented important and difficult labour market and pension reforms in response to the global financial crisis. But further efforts are needed to tackle the high level of long-term unemployment and help more older and low-skilled people find work, according to a new OECD report.
Connecting People with Jobs: Slovenia says that unemployment in Slovenia is projected to continue its recent decline to around 7.7% by the end of 2017. But the employment rate of people aged 55-64 is only 35%, 20 percentage points below the OECD average, and one in three jobseekers is over 50 years old.
Long-term unemployment is also well above the OECD average, with one in two jobseekers out of work for more than a year and one in three for more than two years.
The system in Slovenia is geared well to help jobseekers who are readily employable but is less effective at helping others who are often and increasingly parked on social assistance and more recently partial disability benefits for a long time. With the size of this group gradually increasing, a better approach is needed to help them into work.
To address these challenges, the OECD recommends that Slovenia:
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