The Slovak labour market faces several challenges. Unemployment, which is usually long-term, refers to the structural nature of unemployment. Slovakia´s unemployment rate is updated quarterly from March 1994. Unemployment rate in Slovakia averaged 12,46% until 2019, reaching an all-time high of 19,79% in January 2001 and a record low of 4,90% in April 2019.
Moreover, the unemployment rate in Slovakia for April 2019 is historically the lowest since Slovakia became independent in 1989. The data is collected by The Central Office of Labour Social Affairs and Family and it is also reported by Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.
For decades there are still large regional differences in Slovakia associated with social, political and economic changes. In 2018 the unemployment rate declined in all regions, the most in Košice region. The lowest growth of the number of employed was in Bratislava region. More information about the unemployment rate in specific regions of Slovakia can be found in the publication Our regions published by the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic.