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Poland - Opolskie

Short overview of the labour market


The Opolskie Province is the smallest province in the country (9 412 km2). It is located in the south-west of Poland. It is inhabited by only 986 000 people, which constitutes 2.6% of the country's total population. The population of the province has been systematically decreasing.

The situation on the labour market, in comparison with the average situation in the country, is a bit better. The economic activity rate at the end of 2018 was 55.9%, while in the country 56.1%. In turn, the employment rate was at the level of 54%, and in the country it reached the same value. In the same period the unemployment rate according to the LFS was 3.4% (3.8 % for Poland) and was higher for women (5%) than for men (2.1%).

The number of businesses in the Opolskie Province is relatively stable, with slightly more than 101 000, and employment is concentrated in the industrial sector (27%), which is typical for the whole province. A considerable percentage of people is employed in trade (1-14%), education (13%) and construction (9%).

At the end of March 2019, the number of registered unemployed persons amounted to 22 592, while the registered unemployment rate was 6.2% and was lower by 0.9% than in March 2018. The counties of Opole (the capital of the province) is in the most favourable position, where the registered unemployment rate was 3.2%, while in the counties of Głubczyce it was 9.6%.

The major employers in the Opolskie province are: Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn, Elektrownia Opole, Górażdże Cement S.A., Nutricia Zakłady Produkcyjne Sp. z o.o., ArcelorMittal Poland Branch in Zdzieszowice.


Text last edited on: 09/2019

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