The unemployment rate in Portugal was 14.1% in February, 0.3 percentage points more than in January but 0.8 percentage points less than 12 months earlier, according to the Portuguese National Statistics Institute (INE) In February there were about 719,600 job seekers in Portugal, 11,700 more (1.7%) than in January.
The hotel sector got off to a positive start to the year with the occupancy rate up 4.49% year-on-year in January according to the Association of Hotels in Portugal – AHP. The tourist destinations doing best in January were Madeira, Lisbon and Porto (43.49%), with Madeira and Lisbon also leading the way on the RevPar index measuring the average price per room available: €39.76 and €37.9, respectively.
Portuguese universities are among some of the best on the world according to a new report by U-multirank. Six universities in Portugal were cited as among the best in the study, the largest of its kind to survey higher education. Five key areas were assessed - (teaching / learning, research, knowledge transfer, guidance for internationalisation and regional engagement) and top marks were given to the six institutions which included Coimbra, Lisbon, and Porto universities
The president of Portugal’s medical association has said it would be possible to create a system where sick leave declarations could be sent directly to a person’s employer without breaking medical secrecy, in cases where there could be a risk for third parties. The president of the association was speaking following the crashed purposefully caused by the Germanwings co-pilot last week, which resulted in all 150 on board being killed.
Fuel prices are due to go up today across Portugal with driver paying an extra one cents per litre at the pumps for diesel and a further 3 cents per litre for petrol.
Portugal will be helping to ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria by hosting refugees under a resettlement programme this year. The Secretary of State for Home Affairs, João Almeida, said that Portugal will also home refugees from Libya as part of a United Nations programme. About one million euros will be provided to Portugal for the EU Resettlement Programme and money will be used by NGO’s to help integrate refugees into the county.
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