The prolongation of confinement during February did not increase the unemployment rate in Portugal, which stood at 6.9%, as it did in January, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE).
According to the Observer this Monday, the rate of youth unemployment fell 1.4% compared to January, to 21.6%.
The inactive population decreased 0.3% compared to January (less 8.8 thousand people), but it is 2.4% higher than in the same period (62.2 thousand more people). The inactivity rate was 34.6%, one tenth less than in January, but 0.9 percentage points more than in the same period last year.
As for the rate of underutilization of work, it was estimated by the INE at 13.9%, an increase of one tenth in relation to the previous month, having contributed to the increases of part-time workers, of the inactive in search of jobs but not available to work and the inactive ones available but not looking for a job. Compared to the same period last year, the increase in this rate was 1.2%.
Meanwhile, the employed population increased 0.2% (plus 9.2 thousand people), for a total of 4,677.5 thousand people with jobs. However, compared to the same period last year, it decreased by 1.7% (minus 78.8 thousand).
BE insists on more hiring in schools
The leader of the Left Bloc (BE), Catarina Martins, appealed to the Prime Minister for a reinforcement of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools, in order to prevent them from attacking problems again too late, on the day they start. the face-to-face classes of the 2nd and 3rd cycles, advanced the TSF.
Recognizing that the country “owes enormous thanks to the way the school community has endured the school year”, he said: “May this thanks be made concrete in the quick hire more people to schools ”, during a visit to the school group in Portela and Moscavide, in the municipality of Loures.
Catarina Martins pointed to “an extraordinary teacher competition that allows schools to be able to recover their learning” and to hire “many other professionals who are essential to the school community, to their recovery, even to the recovery of mental health indexes” .
“Minister of Labor has some mistakes”
On Friday, the Minister of Labor, Ana Mendes Godinho, said that Parliament approved a “radical change” and that the support could cause damage to the self-employed.
Asked about the theme, the blockist leader stated: “I believe that the Minister of Labor has some misunderstandings about social support and in particular about some concepts about what are contributory supports, what are social supports, how are income and discounts measured. But I think that the minister with the services of the ministry will be able to clarify all of this ”.
Taísa Pagno //