533,000 individuals in the age of 15-74 (a huge percentage indeed) are facing great or moderate financial hardships. 158,000 people are in very grave difficulties and 375,000 in some difficulties.
It is possible that by the end of the year, this number will have grown even more.
The recent survey on the labour force carried out by the Statistical Board has been carried out by polling people and hence it reflects individuals’ own assessments on their situation. At the same time two years ago, 73,000 people estimated they were in very grave difficulties (more than 100% up).
The mark that joblessness, that has more than doubled in two years and that reached 102,300 jobless in the third quarter, has left is very clearly seen in the study. Thus nearly 90% of jobless admitted that they manage “with some difficulties” or “grave difficulties”.
Since the finance ministry forecasts growth of unemployment next year too and it is expected to be 13.7% in 2013, the number of people who have a hard time coping financially is not expected to start falling any time soon, said Praxis analyst Andres Võrk.