Out of the total number of unemployed, 435,765 (79.4 percent) come from the private sector.

This is the twelfth consecutive month of growth in the jobless rate. The number of unemployed rose by 62.8 percent the previous month on June 2008, when it stood at 337,084, NewsIn informs.

Such a high rate was last recorded in February 2006, when the jobless number counted 554,585.

The unemployment rate hiked in June to 6 percent from 5.8 percent in May.

Some 290,281 jobless of the total received an unemployment benefits.

Mechel Targoviste steel plant said it would run a collective layoff scheme that would affect 249 workers.

World Bank said it expected the unemployment rate of 8% in Romania.

World Bank also said the unemployment rate is expected to scale back gradually in 2010, Romania being one of the ten EU-members in Central and Eastern European countries where the situation is to improve.

The highest unemployment rates were reported for the counties of Vaslui (12.1 percent) and Mehedinti (10.6 percent) and the lowest ones for Ilfov (1.5 percent) and Bucharest (1.8 percent).

Unemployment rate calculated for jobless persons aged between 15 and 74 but willing to work and sought jobs over the last month, climbed in first quarter 2009 by 1.1 pc from prior-year quarter, to 6.9%, National Institute of Statistics informed.

The data provided by NIS shows that the employment rate, calculated based on the International Bureau of Labor criteria, was 0.6% up from first quarter 2008.

The gap between female and male unemployment was 2.5% (7.9% for men and 5.5% or women), while on areas, the gap was 1.5 percent (7.5% for urban area and 6% for rural area).
The unemployment hit the highest rates for persons aged 15 and 24.