The 1994-based year-on-year headline inflation rate increased to 4.5 percent in May from 4.1 percent in April. On the other hand 2000-based inflation rate went up to 4.7 percent in May from 4.2 percent in April.

Composite Index closes at 1,511.36 for the month of May. This is lower compared to April`s 1,555.01.

The April 2004 Labor Force Survey results recorded a labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 68.9 percent.
The unemployment rate was estimated at 13.7 percent in April this year. Last year`s unemployment rate was 12.2 percent.
The national employment rate was recorded at 86.3 percent in April this year. A year ago, it was estimated at 87.8 percent.
Underemployment rate was recorded at 18.5 percent in April this year.

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