In Slovenia, owing to seasonal factors, formal employment declined in December 2007 and unemployment increased in January 2008; according to seasonally adjusted data, the number of employed continued to increase. The number of employed persons decreased by 0.4% from November 2007. The number of registered unemployed increased to 69,238 in January for seasonal reasons. Survey-based employment likewise declined in the final quarter of 2007, yet it remained considerably higher than a year ago. The number of employees surged in 2007, in large part due to additional hiring of foreign workers. As in the previous two years, formal employment rose especially in construction and business services in 2007. The number of vacancies and persons hired rebounded considerably in January after the seasonal decline in December.