Hungary’s economic protection scheme has been among the most successful in terms of the job market, with the unemployment rate showing a much more favourable trajectory than in the European Union, the head of the prime minister’s office said on Thursday.
Gergely Gulyás told a regular press conference that protecting jobs and families and supporting businesses remained a priority for the government. In the recent period, the government has contributed to the protection or creation of 1.4 million jobs, he added.
Partly thanks to these efforts, more than 4.5 million people hold jobs in Hungary, which is just shy of the all-time record employment rate, he said.
The average unemployment rate in the EU is 7.5 percent, as against 3.9 percent in Hungary, he said.
As regards the government’s defence measures against the epidemic, Gulyas said the requirement to wear face masks had the largest public support in the recent National Consultation survey, with 83 percent of respondents backing the regulation.