- 19 May 2020 9:14 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
Economists István Kónya and János Köllő based their analysis on Google Trends data, such as searches for unemployment benefits.
They estimate the number of registered unemployed at 400,000 at the end of April, an increase of 120,000 from February, the last month before the outbreak of the epidemic.
In addition, the economists say it is likely that many who have very specific skills that cannot be converted to other professions – such as musicians, actors, athletes and cooks – did not register as unemployed as they had little hope of finding a new job.
In these heavily hit sectors, non-standard employment and grey and black work is high, leaving them ineligible for any unemployment benefit, an additional factor for avoiding registration.