Country context

According to the data of the State Statistical Office, in 2015, the labour force in the Republic of Macedonia numbered 954.924 persons, of which 705.991 were employed, while 248.933 were unemployed persons. The activity rate in this period was 57%, the employment rate was 42.1% while the unemployment rate was 26.1%.

There is no existing data of the employment/unemployment rate among specific vulnerable groups but it is notable that the vulnerable people are facing with obstacles on the labour market and the employment process is harder for those groups mostly because either they are having lower educational background, or face physical disability, mental illness or are former drug users and many more differencing by the vulnerability or the social risk they are facing with.

The existing employment supporting measures are developed under the project “Employing Macedonia” that was announced and initiated in March 2015. This project was developed by the Ministry of social policy and labour and its main goal is to speed up the reduction of high unemployment in the country (27.3% in the first quarter of 2015) through a set of measures.

The project Promoting Active Inclusion of Disadvantaged Persons Excluded from the Labour Market is according to the country priorities and its results will contribute towards the process inclusion of marginalized groups on the labour marker. 

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