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Russia’s unemployment rate nears 6 percent in February 2013 – statistics

March 26, 2013, 21:05 UTC+3

That this means that the total number of jobless Russians amounted to 4.3 million people

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MOSCOW, March 26 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s unemployment rate, or the ratio of the jobless people to the country’s overall able-bodied population, amounted to 5.8 percent in February 2013, the Russian State Statistics Service said in its regular report on Tuesday, adding that this means that the total number of jobless Russians amounted to 4.3 million people.

Under the document, the total number of able-bodied population (aged between 15 and 72 years and including both categories – employed and jobless people) amounted to 75.3 million people, or about 53 percent of the country’s overall population, the Statistics Service said.

In February 2013, the total number of employed Russians went down by 140,000 people, or by 3.1 percent, as compared to the preceding month, the federal service noted, adding that the total number of jobless people decreased by 321,000 people, or 6.9 percent, as against February 2012.

Under the document, as of the end of the month under review, the total number of the officially registered unemployed people in the country amounted to 1,099,000 people, which was 2.4 percent more than in January 2013.



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