Georgian railway workers (ipn)

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Annual unemployment rate in Georgia declined by 0.4 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to the new report published by The National Statistics Office of Georgia (GeoStat).

The report reads that, as usual, number of self-employed people is more than those of hired. In 2015 number of self-employed increased by 8.8 percent, while the number of hired reduced by 2.7 percent.

The level of unemployment is lower in a village population compared to the cities. Unemployment rate reduced both in village and in city compared to 2014 and was 21.5 in urban areas and 4.8 percent in rural.

The unemployment rate in urban areas reached its minimum for the past fifteen years and in rural areas – for the past nine years.

Compared to 2014 unemployment rated in women declined by 0.2 percent, 0.5 percent in men. In women it was 10.2 percent, which is the least for the past 15 years; 13.5 percent in men – minimal rate for the past 11 years.

According to Geostat, traditionally, unemployment rate in men is higher than in women. Employment rate in women increased by 1.8 percent in 2015 and reached 52.9 percent, while employment rate of men increased by 1.0 percent reaching 67.6 percent.