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Theme: Labour Market

Active population in the Republic of North Macedonia, 2023


According to the data of the State Statistical Office, in 2023, the labour force in the Republic of North Macedonia numbered
791 647 persons, of which 688 296 were employed, while 103 351 were unemployed persons.
The activity rate in this period was 52.3, the employment rate was 45.4, while the unemployment rate was 13.1.
The results in the announcement are not comparable to previous years due to the implementation of the new Regulation
(EU) No 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as well as the corresponding executive regulation of the
Commission (EU) No 2019/2240 in the field of labor force, resulting in Regulation (EC) No 577/98 being repealed.
The implementation of the new regulation led to changes in the survey, including changes in the questionnaire design,
the sequence of questions, relocation and addition of new questions, as well as changes in the scope and definitions of
employment and unemployment.
After the analysis, it was determined that the changes have an impact on the working-age and inactive population due to the
change in age (from 15-79 to 15-89 years), while no changes were observed in the active population. The mentioned changes
resulted in a discontinuity in the time series of data for the working-age and inactive population.

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