Bulgaria ranked third among the EU members with the highest increase in unemployment in 2010, data by Eurostat showed on February 1 2011.
Bulgaria's jobless rate stood at 10.1% in December against 8.6% a month earlier, coinciding with the average rate for the euro zone, while the countries that registered the biggest rise in unemployment were Greece and Lithuania.
Eurostat's data differs from the data released by the National Employment Agency (NEA) two weeks ago, according to which unemployment in December was 9.24%.
The difference is due to the fact that NEA uses data provided by local labour offices, while Eurostat's estimates are based on calculations of the National Statistical Institute (NSI). The country's statistics office is yet to publish data on the country's unemployment in 2010.
Recently, the International Labour Organisation released its forecast on 2011 unemployment, projecting that Bulgaria's jobless rate would continue to increase.