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Polish jobless rate falls to 14 percent

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Government data show that Poland's jobless rate fell to 14 percent in April from 14.3 percent the month before, an improvement due largely to seasonal jobs that open up in the warmer months.

The figure, released Friday by the Central Statistical Office, comes as other economic indicators show the once-vibrant economy facing a sharp downturn.

The economy is projected to grow by over 1 percent this year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 4.5 percent in 2011 and 1.9 percent last year.

Even in the boom times, however, Poland has struggled with a jobless rate that has mostly been stuck at over 10 percent, one of the legacies of the transition from a communist to market economy that began 23 years ago.