Romania's unemployment rate declined to 3.19 percent at the end of March, dropping by 0.63 percentage points compared to the same month of the previous year, according to data published on Tuesday by the the National Employment Agency (ANOFM).
Compared to February 2019, the unemployment rate registered in March declined by 0.12 percentage points.
According to the official data, in March, the total number of unemployed stood at 278,147 persons, declining by 10,421 persons against the end of the previous month, whereas of the total number of registered unemployed, 55,768 collected unemployment benefit, while 22,379 didn't collect any.
The total number of unemployed who collected unemployment benefits declined by 5,791 persons and the number of those who didn't collect any was lower by 4,630 compared to February 2019.
By residence, in March 2019, there were 82,848 jobless people in urban areas and 195,299 in rural areas.
Most unemployed were in the 40 - 49 age bracket (80,869), followed by those aged over 55 (56,130), while, at the opposite pole, unemployment numbers were lowest in the 25 - 29 age bracket (14,630).
According to the quoted source, in terms of the education level, the jobless with no studies or with just primary education accounted for the highest share in the total number of ANOFM-registered unemployed (33.20 percent).
Moreover, the unemployed with secondary school education accounted for 31.20 percent of the total number of unemployed and those with university studies represented 4.76 percent.