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Project to Counteract Unemployment Launched

A declaration of collaboration was signed yesterday on launching a project next year to provide employment or employment rehabilitation for 3,700 people who are currently registered as jobless.

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Party to the agreement are the Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Federation of Labor, the Association of Academics, Federation of State and Municipal Employees, Directorate of Labor, VIRK employment rehabilitation fund, Starf employment agency and consultants hired to work on the project, reports.

A statement reads that the goal is to find a role for employment seekers on the job market, who have fully taken advantage of their rights within the unemployment insurance system and those who will reach that limit shortly.

These are around 3,700 people who are all to have received job offers or employment rehabilitation by the end of 2013. No one is to lose unemployment benefits without having received such an offer.

It is estimated that 60 percent of these people will accept the jobs offered to them and so 2,200 six-month positions are to be made available next year.

Municipalities will at least create 660 of these, the state 220 and the general employment market 1,320.

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