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21st May, 2020

72,000 new jobless registered in April

The number of registered unemployed was 330,700 in April, up by 26.5% – an increase of 69,000 persons – from one year earlier, state employment service NFSZ announced on Wednesday.

The number of newly registered unemployed last month was 72,000, an outstandingly high increase of 89.6% compared to one year earlier.

The unemployment rate, based on the number of registered unemployed, was 7.1% in April.

Among the registered unemployed, 46% received no financial aid at all while 33.4% were entitled to unemployment and 20.6% to social benefits.

Some 129,500 or 39.2% of the unemployed had basic schooling at the most, 180,600 or 54.6% had finished high school, and 20,600 or 6.2% had higher education degrees.

Unemployment was relatively low in Budapest and Gyor-Moson-Sopron, Pest, Komarom-Esztergom, Csongrad and Fejer counties. (portfolio.hu; napi.hu; index.hu; hvg.hu)
21st May, 2020

Gov’t increases funding for e-car purchases

The government has increased its subsidy for purchases of new electric cars from Ft 1.5 million to Ft 2.5 million, and also introduced a decreasing scheme for subsidies for more expensive cars, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Peter Kaderjak announced on Wednesday.

He said the announcement is proof that the government has adopted a serious climate policy.

The maximum Ft 2.5 million subsidy is only valid for electric car purchases not exceeding Ft 11 million.

The subsidy for electric cars in the Ft 11-15 million price range is Ft 500,000, but there is no subsidy for vehicles costing Ft 15 million or more.

As a new element, taxi operators may obtain an even higher subsidy covering up to 55% of the cost of new electric vehicles priced at no more than Ft 15 million.

From now on, the government is also aiding the purchase of electric scooters for home delivery services. Only companies may apply for this subsidy.

The programme has a budget of Ft 5 billion and an additional Ft 2 billion for taxis.

The ministry estimates that the scheme will help to finance the purchase of 240 cars for taxi drivers and 1,000 other electric cars and scooters.

The previous such programme, which was closed in February, contributed to the purchase of 1,050 electric cars. (portfolio.hu; napi.hu; hvg.hu; index.hu; origo.hu; 444.hu)

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