Romania's unemployment rate rose to 5.3% in February, up 0.4 points as compared to January, Romania's National Labour Force Agency informs. The number of unemployed increased, therefore, by 32.953 people to a total of 477.860.

Of the total number of unemployed, 347,707 came from the private sector. The highest unemployment rates were registered in the county of Vaslui (11%), followed by Mehedinti with 8.2%, Teleorman and Dolj with 9% and Alba (8.3%). Bucharest is one of the cities to register one of the lowest unemployment rates with 1.7%.