Unemployment in Bulgaria in the first quarter of 2012 was 12.9 per cent, according to the National Statistics Institute.
A total of 422 500 people were jobless in Q1 2012, the statistics said, in a country of 7.3 million.
The institute said that in Q1 2012, the economically active population aged 15 to 64 was 3 234 600, representing 65.4 per cent of the population in the same age group.
Statistics released by European Union statistics office Eurostat on May 2 2012 said that in Bulgaria, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in January was 12.2 per cent, in February 12.5 per cent and in March 12.6 per cent.
Youth unemployment – meaning people aged younger than 25 – in Bulgaria was 31.1 per cent in January, 32.3 per cent in February and 32.8 per cent in March, according to Eurostat.
Across the EU, in March 2012 unemployment was 10.2 per cent, Eurostat said. Across the EU, youth unemployment was 22.6 per cent in March 2012.