Hubertus Heil on the home office debate: “A very clear message”

Hubertus Heil

The Federal Minister of Labor says: “I am serious about proposals.”

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Berlin Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has urgently appealed to employers to allow home offices wherever possible. “This is not just any appeal, but a very clear message from the federal and state governments to the economy,” said the SPD politician in an interview with the Handelsblatt.

Many companies acted responsibly. But there are also those who arbitrarily refused to work on the move. “That is irresponsible,” said Heil.

The request to work from home if possible is also directed at the employees – even if he understands that many would like to see their colleagues again. But it is a question of responsibility, and the employees are also deceived.

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Girona closed December with 49,672 unemployed, 31.6% more than a year ago

The counties of Girona closed in December with 49,672 unemployed, 991 more than a month ago and 11,927 more than a year ago. A figure that represents an increase of 31.6% over the same period last year. The pandemic and the measures to slow down its expansion continue to affect the Girona labor market and show its great dependence on the services sector. And it is that 35,988 of the unemployed correspond to this sector, which is equivalent to 82.4%. Despite the figures, Girona ranks as the third province with an increase in new unemployed, behind Barcelona and Tarragona and ahead of Lleida. At the same time, the destruction of jobs has meant that 466 Social Security members have been lost in the region in the last month.

Data released by the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security continue to show the impact of the pandemic on the labor market. According to statistics, in December unemployment rose by 991 people in the Girona region. 2.04% more than the previous month.

In relation to the other provinces, Girona is in third place. Where unemployment rises the most is in Barcelona, ​​with 9,758 people compared to November and in Tarragona, with 1,563. If we compare the data with the same period last year, the number of unemployed in the demarcation has increased by 11,927 people, an increase of 31.6%.

By sectors, of the 991 that have registered on the unemployment lists this December, 620 correspond to the tertiary sector (which includes the hospitality and trade) and 212 to the construction sector. Industry has lost 117, while agriculture has lost one. Now, in the counties of Girona there are 49,672 unemployed, of which 35,988 correspond to the services sector.

Alongside unemployment data, there are also others that illustrate the reality of the labor market. They are those of Social Security affiliations, which serve as a thermometer to see if the labor market generates or destroys jobs. According to the Ministry’s statistics, the data remain in negative numbers. Specifically, in the counties of Girona, in December the Social Security lost 466 members, 0.15% compared to November, when almost 5,000 were lost. If you look at the calendar a year ago, in the Girona counties there are now 7,141 fewer members, 2.24% less.

During December, 15,284 contracts were signed in the demarcation, 676 less than in November. And if the data is compared to the same in 2019, the figure is even more important, with a variation of 4,058 fewer contracts, 20.98% less.

Finally, the statistic also includes a specific section on the impact of covid-19 that collects ERTOs by demarcation. In the counties of Girona, according to these data, December closed with 4,244 files affecting a total of 18,526 workers.

In terms of data from Catalonia, it closed 2020 with 497,611 unemployed, a figure that represents an increase of 12,863 people compared to November (+ 2.6%) and 109,487 more than in December 2019 (+ 28.2%) ,. Statewide, unemployment rose by 36,825 people in December to 3.8 million, ending the year with 22.9% more unemployed (724,532).

In terms of data on Social Security members in Catalonia, in 2020 it ended with 75,715 fewer registered, ie 2.2% less than in December last year, while compared to in November there was an increase of 0.14% to 4,666 workers.


The crisis destroys 360,000 jobs in 2020 after an agonizing December

The restrictions on economic activity and the limitations on mobility of the second wave of the coronavirus have fully impacted on a labor market that was already reeling after the summer and on which the coronavirus has put the finishing touch in the middle of the Christmas campaign. Despite the fact that all hopes were in December, this last month of 2020 has been much worse than expected in terms of employment: Social Security has added 26,342 contributors this last month, reaching 19.04 million; and the number of unemployed has increased by 36,825 people, bringing the final number of unemployed close to 3.9 million citizens, according to data from the Ministry of Social Security and Labor published this Tuesday.

With these records, the annual balance for 2020 leaves a bleak picture. In the last 12 months, the economy has lost 360,452 jobs. To put it in perspective, it means going back almost two years in terms of employment, when the number of workers in the same that it had in the first quarter of 2019 has been placed. It has also broken the trend that Spain had been accumulating, with greater or less intensity, in the last few years since it came out of the previous crisis in 2013: each year, half a million jobs were added to the system. Already in 2019 that figure was below 400,000. And in 2020, not only has that goal not been achieved, but at the same time practically the same jobs that could have been created had not been mediated by the coronavirus and its devastating consequences have been lost.

Of the almost 900,000 jobs that were lost in the two months of the first confinement (between March and April) the labor market has managed to recover just over half, around 60%. And this without counting the more than 700,000 people who are still in ERTE, and who are included as contributors even if they are partially without working and waiting for what may happen in the future. In June, the time of greatest drop in year-on-year affiliation after the impact of the pandemic, the rate fell by 4.5%, which meant 893,360 affiliates less than twelve months earlier.

Since then, employment has been recovering but it is still far from returning to the figures prior to the start of the pandemic, in February this year. Behind this reality lies the crisis within the crisis experienced by a key sector for the Spanish economy, that of services. Activities related to this type of business (tourism, leisure, restaurants, but also other related businesses) have lost 373,000 jobs. Practically the same as the entire economy in 2020. Quite the contrary, both agriculture and industry and construction have managed to regain the levels of employability they had before the first state of alarm in March.

This sectoral evolution is also reflected in the number of unemployed registered in the regional employment offices. Spain now has 725,000 unemployed more than twelve months before, when there were 3.1 million unemployed. Since the coronavirus spread in March, the unemployed have increased by about 642,000. In this way, Spain once again has the same number of registered unemployed as in mid-2016. Only in the summer months did it manage to drop to 3.7 million, although now it reflects the mirage of the summer stage.

The apparent discrepancy between the increase in the number of employees in December and, at the same time, of the registered unemployed is explained by the variables that determine both statistics: affiliates increase due to the creation of jobs and because the reference is made to monthly average; the unemployed, because the last data of the month (that of the 31st) is used and because, as the Executive recalls, registration in the employment offices has rebounded as it is a necessary procedure to qualify for both certain selection processes (many of them , public) as well as aid such as the Minimum Living Income.

Christmas in the twilight

The upturn in unemployment in the last 31 days of December represents the breakdown of a downward trend in unemployment that had been registered during all the months of December in the last decade. Since 2011, the last part of the year was characterized by the departure of citizens from the unemployment lists. Just one year ago, more than 50,000 people were unemployed.

But this time the health reality has broken any good perspective. From the Ministry of Labor they point to the “anomaly” of the pandemic, which has “truncated the Christmas season”, a stage in which commerce and restaurants tend to act as engines of economic activity throughout the country. The data reflect how unemployment increased especially in construction (more than 18,000 people), in industry (almost 10,000) and in the service sectors (more than 8,100). It has even done so in the group of young people who are entering the labor market for the first time, taking advantage of Christmas contracts. Also in this case the statistics have broken the tradition of job recovery, with 1,600 more people unemployed.

The restrictions imposed in the autonomous communities in the last part of the year reflect almost in parallel the evolution of unemployment. In December, Catalonia is the region with the highest increase in the number of unemployed, with 12,863 more people, followed by Castilla y León (5,019) and the Valencian Community (4,030).

The ERTE, entrenched

Labor paralysis is also reflected in the ERTE (Temporary Employment Regulation Files). The year 2020 closed with 755,613 people protected by ERTE in December, which is about 8,000 more than the previous month. Since September, workers benefiting from this benefit has remained almost unchanged, which reveals the economic paralysis of some sectors that do not see the light at the end of the tunnel in their employment situation and keep their workers in ERTE.

In total, these employees represent 5.2% of those affiliated to the general Social Security scheme, although they vary considerably by territory and type of business. The archipelagos have the highest number of workers in ERTE, with one in ten employees in this contingency: in Las Palmas they reach 13%, in Tenerife 11% and in the Balearic Islands almost 10%. The ravages of tourism due to the lack of visitors are felt in these communities almost a year after the start of the pandemic.

In fact, the hospitality industry (mainly companies dedicated to food and beverage services) concentrates practically one in three people enrolled in ERTE at the end of 2020, with 241,390 people, 30% of those affiliated with the general scheme.

Faced with this situation, the Government will begin negotiations with unions and employers next Friday to expand the ERTE regime for the first months of the year, since its current validity expires on January 31. The Executive will not propose radical or “nuclear” changes to the social agents in the new extension that entail exonerations to Social Security.

The Secretary of State for Social Security, Israel Arroyo, has advanced in a press conference that the possible changes will be “parametric or nuanced.” “The commission will analyze the economic situation and the foreseeable evolution of the pandemic and employment in the coming months and based on these conclusions the mechanism will be adapted, which in no case will be a radical change,” he said after recalling that the current ERTE They are a model that tends to focus, so “we are going to work in this line.”


Spain reached 38% of unemployed during the confinement, at the head of Europe

A trade closed in the de-escalation.

A trade closed in the de-escalation.
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The Spanish labor market was one of the most impacted by the first wave of the pandemic of coronavirus of the euro zone with 38% of the population available to work “totally or partially unemployed” in the second quarter, the second worst figure only behind Greece, according to a report by the Bank of Spain.

This percentage – called expanded unemployment rate and what does it take into account temporary job suspensions and other concepts not included in the usual definition of stoppage exceeded 27% in all euro area countries for which data are available (all except Germany and Estonia), more than tripling their conventional unemployment rate.

Spain and Italy, with rates of 38% and 32%, respectively, were, together with Greece and Cyprus, above average, while Portugal and France were slightly below, according to the report prepared with data from Eurostat.

This percentage includes, in addition to the unemployment that is taken into account on a regular basis, part-time workers who would like to work more hours (underemployed), inactive people who are available for work but could not look for a job, or people who say they are looking for work but not are available to work in addition to those affected by ERTE, explains the report.

The Bank of Spain points out that, given the impact of the pandemic in the second quarter of 2020, the “conventional concepts of employment and unemployment are not enough to describe the evolution of these markets “.

Job maintenance programs, he adds, prevented possible layoffs, replacing them with temporary job suspensions and reductions in working hours, and many workers who lost their jobs were unable to look for work due to mobility restrictions, so they are not considered unemployed according to the conventional unemployment measure.

Spain, leader of employed persons absent from employment due to ERTE

So, Spain led the proportion of employed persons absent from employment due to temporary suspensions, which includes ERTE, which increased by almost 10 points compared to 6.8 points in France or 5.2 points in Italy, respectively.

More than 18% of those employed were in temporary suspension of employmentwhereas, in the other two large euro area countries for which data are available, this proportion did not exceed 12%“, picks up the report.

The intensity of job destruction and the increase in the inactive population was also greater, they point.

“The strong increase in unemployment, understood in this broad sense, and the reductions in working hours translated into a historical decline in employment in terms of hours worked. Its intensity was very heterogeneous by country, with Spain being the main affected country”, concludes the Article.


Lukashenko called the unemployed parasites and instructed them to find a job :: Society :: RBC

Lukashenka ordered to create a “list of parasites who should work” and called for the involvement of the police for this.

Since 2015, a decree “On the prevention of social dependency” has been in effect in Belarus, which is called the “collection from parasites” in the media. It provided for a tax of 20 basic units (about $ 300 at the exchange rate at the time) for those who had not paid taxes for more than six months. After the adoption of the decree, protest actions took place in Belarus. In January 2018, these payments for non-working strata of the population were canceled, but citizens “not employed in the economy” were deprived of a number of subsidies. They are obliged to pay for hot water, gas and heat supply at full rates, without benefits.

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This year, protests in the country have continued since August 9 after the presidential elections, in which, according to the CEC, Lukashenka won with 80% of the vote. The opposition did not recognize the results and accused the authorities of falsifications. Every weekend in the cities of the country there are unauthorized rallies that end in the detention of hundreds of people. The largest actions take place in Minsk.

Lukashenka has repeatedly argued that the actions of the protesters were coordinated from abroad. According to him, the Belarusian special services tracked calls from Poland, Great Britain and the Czech Republic, received by the organizers of the rallies. In August, the president said that the bulk of the protesters were unemployed: “If you have no work, then walk, uncle, along the streets and avenues.”

Russia, unlike the US and most EU countries, recognized the results of the elections in Belarus. Moscow also announced signs of external interference in Minsk’s affairs.


Employment: Gipuzkoa registers 1,547 fewer unemployed in November, driven by services

The number of people seeking employment in the Basque Country and could not find it was 132,436 people at the end of November, 6,035 less than in October, according to the data registered in Lanbide, and the affiliation rises by 825 people. It is the third consecutive month in which unemployment has fallen, 4.36% less and it is the largest decrease recorded this month in the last 15 years. In year-on-year terms, there are 18,659 more people unemployed than in October 2019. With respect to the start of the pandemic, there are 15,197 more unemployed people than at the end of February, and 14,014 less than in August, the month in which unemployment reached the highest figure of the year, while 14,608 had the ERTE benefit recognized and RGI claimants increased by 0.6%.

The Deputy Minister of Employment, Elena Pérez Barredo, considers that the data set offered for the month of November are positive, especially if the forecasts made at the beginning of the pandemic are taken into account, but from the Basque Government they are observed with “great caution in the face of the uncertainties we are facing with the pandemic.”

Regarding the demand registered in the Lanbide offices, unemployment decreased less among women, with a decrease of 3.59%, while among men the decrease was 5.29%. In the annual relation, the increase in unemployment is notably higher among men (+ 20.21%) than among women (+ 13.47%). Even so, 55.16% of unemployed people are women, which explains why many of the activities considered essential, such as health or the part of commerce that remained open during confinement, are highly feminized.

By age, the decline in unemployment in November was more pronounced among people under 24 years of age, with a drop in unemployment of 8.74%, although the decline decreased in all bands. In the year-on-year balance, the increase in unemployment among those aged 16 to 24 years (+ 42.56%) and among those over 54 years of age stands out, although in this case the increase is more moderate (+ 8.66%). For those who have not yet had their first work experience, it decreases by 5.94%.

Too Unemployment fell in the three Territories, most notably in Álava (-8.87%), 2,139 fewer unemployed people than in October, standing at 21,970 people. In Gipuzkoa it decreased by 4.21%, 1,547 people unemployed less than in October, standing at 35,214 people. In Bizkaia with 2,349 fewer unemployed people than in October, unemployment stood at 75,252 people, a decrease of 3.03%. In the annual balance, the worst performance corresponds to Araba with a relative increase of 17.77%, followed closely by Gipuzkoa with an increase of 17.33% and further away from Bizkaia, with an increase of 15.58%.

In relation to the activity, during November unemployment decreased in all sectors, and especially in construction (-5.68%), in the primary sector (- 5.48%), in industry (-5.43%) and in services (-3.70 %). In relation to the situation of last year, the strong increase in unemployment associated with services (17.31%) and industry (+ 14.36%) stands out. In the primary sector it increased by 11.62% and in construction by 8.67%. Those who are waiting for their first work experience increased by 18.63%. At a higher level of disaggregation, an increase in unemployment in accommodation services stands out (16 more people).

Regarding the time in which people remain unemployed, in November Long-term unemployment decreased by 2,522 people (-3.51%) and short-term unemployment by 3,513 (-5.27%). In the annual reference, there is an increase of 24.34% for the long-term group, while the short-term group increases 8.77%. The people most affected by the fluctuations in the labor market have been those who are in a situation of greater vulnerability, those who due to their job instability cause constant entry and exit in employment, a fact that caused the strong increase in short-term unemployment in the month last, and fact that has caused the sharp decrease this November. Currently 69,326 unemployed, 52.34% are long-term unemployed.

The number of contracts in the CAE has been 62,541, of which 4,727, 7.56%, have been indefinite. Hiring decreased 15.27% in relation to the previous month, and 21.9% in relation to November last year. The accumulated total of contracts during this year amounts to 643,992, 30.97% lower than the one we had in the same month of the previous year. The accumulated indefinite number amounted to 55,100, 29.64% lower than we had last year. The permanent rate is 7.6%, 8 tenths lower than that of November 2019. The rate of part-time contracts is 37.59%, 50.39% among women and 24.81% among women. mens.

With respect to these last two indices, chronification and temporality, The Deputy Minister of Employment has expressed her concern about the persistence of precariousness, a fact that she has described as “bad”, because they have been dragging on structurally since before the pandemic and have worsened as an effect of the current crisis.

Affiliation to Social Security

Last November, the Basque Country registered a average of 959,181 registered with Social Security, which is 825 more than in October (+ 0.99%) But 20,729 contributors less than in November 2019 (-2.16%), according to data made public this Wednesday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration. Both Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa had more affiliates than in October, with 1,261 more contributors in the Biscayan territory and 93 more employed workers in Gipuzkoa. By contrast, Álava has scored 529 fewer contributors. All three maintain negative variations compared to last year, with 4,611 fewer affiliates in Alava, 6,747 fewer in Gipuzkoa and 9,371 fewer in Biscay.

According to SEPE data, At the end of November, there were 14,608 workers in the Basque Country with benefits recognized by ERTE, of which 7,811 are women, 53.5%. The hospitality industry groups 45.9% of these people, commerce 13.7%, and industry 11.5%. Auxiliary service activities (ETTs) and artistic, recreational also show a significant incidence of employed in ERTE. This data contrasts with that of the files requested during the last quarter in the Labor Directorate of the Basque Government, which had processed

7,032 files of which 5,523 refer to the hospitality sector, 78.5%, which can affect a maximum of 25,058 people. The difference, explained the vice-counselor, must be understood above all by the disaffection of workers in ERTE for the start of the activities that are possible (delivery of food at home, coffee to go etc …)


During the month of November 2020 the number of holders of an Income Guarantee Income benefit has increased by 332 people, an increase of 0.6%. The total number of headlines stands at 54,408, 2,061 more than in November 2019 and 2,168 more than at the end of February, at the beginning of the pandemic. Of the total number of people who receive the RGI, 18.2% have a precarious job, 23.8% are pensioners, 44.7% are unemployed and 13.3% are excluded from intermediating in the labor market.

Social Security recovers 19 million affiliates after creating 31,638 jobs

Women with a precarious job are almost a quarter of the women who receive the RGI, 21.3%; among men this percentage is 13.9%. The situation of unemployment is more prevalent among men; the percentage of unemployed men is 52.7% while that of women in the same situation is 38.9%. The percentage of men excluded from participating in the labor market is 11.8%; the percentage of women excluded, however, is 14.4%. The pensioners are 25.4% of the total of women in the RGI, the men pensioners are 21.5%. This month RGI’s total “payroll” expenditure increased by 0.7%, by € 270,931 over the previous month’s figure. The maximum cost of RGI’s payroll occurred in November 2016 and was € 42,480,498, € 3,740,539 more than the current one.

In any case, the deputy minister has also pointed out concern about the data that confirm the high level of precariousness. 91.4% of the signed contracts are still temporary and the part-time rate continues at 37.59, highlighting this rate in women, which amounts to 50.39%. For this reason, Deputy Minister Pérez Barredo added “the policies of the Department of Labor and Employment is aimed at correcting those deficits that the labor market had been dragging down before the pandemic and which have only become more acute in these uncertain times. “

In addition, according to the data provided by the SEPE, at the end of November there were 14,608 workers who had the ERTE benefit recognized, of which 45.9% correspond to the hospitality sector, 13.7% to commerce and 11.5% to industry.

The unions appeal to the Administrations to obtain more and better employment

The Basque unions have urged the Administrations to adopt measures to support workers in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to seek an increase in employment and the generation of quality jobs.

In a note, the ELA union has highlighted the unemployment suffered by women (55.8% of the unemployed in Euskadi and Navarra) and the “structural” problem of unemployment and precariousness suffered by young people. The central has indicated that in this context of pandemic and uncertainty, “the working class needs measures by the administrations” and has called for other policies that create and consolidate employment “with decent conditions”, as well as a greater investment in the public sector, more involvement by governments in strategic sectors and aid to the sectors most affected by the pandemic.

LAB has also denounced, in another statement, the problem of unemployment among the youth group and has asked that this matter be included in “the political agenda.” He has indicated that for the recovery from the crisis to be inclusive it would have to benefit all sectors of society.

For its part, CCOO has shown that the measures applied to stop the expansion of covid-19 have led to a slowdown in the evolution of the labor market, with an “obvious” impact on the hospitality sector. He has appealed to “the effectiveness of administrations to monitor health and the proper functioning of social protection instruments” and has defended social dialogue, collective bargaining, as well as a deep commitment to public services to get out of the crisis.

Likewise, the UGT has pointed out that “it is necessary to face from the social dialogue to recover quality employment, eliminating the precariousness and temporality that continue to rise”. As indicated in a note, “92.4% of the contracts that are carried out are still temporary and precarious.” He has called on the Basque Government and employers to address policies aimed at quality and maintaining employment in order to “produce a true economic recovery for all sectors, especially for those most affected” by the pandemic .


In Rethel, Pôle emploi supports the unemployed and businesses in the crisis

Calm and serious, Jérôme Renaudin settles with his Pôle Emploi advisor the final details of the training he is due to start at the end of the month. This young father whose contract ended in February, just before confinement, could not find a job as a plasterer: during their discussions, Pascaline Domingues de Barros noted that he was also a volunteer firefighter and the ‘directed towards the security professions. Thanks to his experience, it will only take him six days of training, which usually lasts three weeks, to get up to speed in a profession in high demand.

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“Take into account skills”

“Today, the selection of candidates by diplomas is no longer enough and skills must be taken into account more broadly”, explains Frédéric Donny, director of the Pôle emploi agency in Rethel, stressing the importance of training job seekers to acquire new know-how in the period of reconfinement.

In his eyes, the link in his agency between the support service for job seekers and the one that follows companies is decisive. “There is a permanent synergy between us: thanks to this, I am directly in touch with the requests of local recruiters ”, rejoices Pascaline Domingues de Barros, who teleworks widely with her colleagues.

“Support companies in their recruitments”

“My role is to support companies in their recruitments, by helping them to predict and analyze recruitment difficulties”, explains Morgane Métayer, one of the agency’s business advisers. This dynamic young woman does not hesitate to visit companies to understand the specificities of the positions sought. Including mounting on a beet harvester! “This makes it possible to assess the aptitudes required for such specific positions, in order to shorten recruitment times”, she insists.

The agency remains open

At the heart of the health crisis, Morgane Métayer was able to mobilize its network in a few hours, particularly with hospitals and nursing homes, but also with logistics companies. “We were ready: in half a day, the offers were published and the first profiles could be sent, she says. Then we were able to anticipate the needs of businesses after confinement in order to limit the damage the crisis had on employment. “

A job that pays off since, with an unemployment rate of 8.7%, the employment pool is doing quite well in a region in crisis. “The chance of Rethel is not to be backed by a single growth sector: this enabled us to better absorb, explains Frédéric Donny. Thus, if the hotel industry or businesses have suffered, we have been helped by the sectors of personal assistance, construction, transport or market gardening. “

One of the differences of this second confinement is also that the Pôle emploi agency remains open to welcome the unemployed but also businesses. : during the first, the latter regretted not being able to come and meet any future employees.

Four times a month, the agency organizes events bringing recruiters and job seekers into contact. “With the sanitary gauge, you obviously have to adapt, recognizes Frédéric Donny. We therefore offer shorter events that we repeat several times a day to allow as many people as possible to participate. “

Almost all of the procedures from home

In an unprecedented effort, Pôle emploi has also strengthened the possibilities for job seekers to use the Internet. It is now possible to do almost all the procedures from home, including booking an appointment on the electronic agenda of Pôle Emploi advisers.

“During the first confinement, we took out the list of all the people who did not use digital tools, says the director of the agency. When they update their rights, we have called them all to support them. ” Phone calls that could also be the occasion to talk about many other things. And break the isolation.


The number of regions with the share of unemployed from 10% has grown in Russia

The number of regions in which the unemployment rate rose to 10% or more, increased over the year from six to 13, according to a study by RIA Novosti. According to data for June-August 2020, the unemployment rate in Russia amounted to 6.3%, which is 1.9 pp more than a year earlier.

The RIA Novosti research is based on Rosstat data. The authors of the study compared the number of unemployed according to the standards of the International Labor Organization with the size of the labor force. The average time for finding a job was also determined: if the unemployment rate in the regions coincided, a higher place in the rating went to a subject with a shorter search time.

Regions with the highest summer unemployment rate (annual growth in brackets):

  1. Ingushetia – 30.7% (+ 4.5 p.p.),
  2. Tuva – 22.3% (+11.6 percentage points),
  3. Chechnya – 21.7% (+8.3 percentage points),
  4. North Ossetia – 16.3% (+3.7 pp),
  5. Dagestan – 16.1% (+ 4.4 p.p.).

Regions with the lowest unemployment rate:

  1. Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug – 2.5% (+0.4 p.p.),
  2. Moscow – 2.7% (+1.4 percentage points),
  3. Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – 3.2% (+ 4.0 p.p.),
  4. St. Petersburg – 3.6% (+2.2 p.p.),
  5. Kamchatka Territory – 3.6% (+0.0 p.p.).

As of summer 2020, the average job search is 5.9%. By August, 18.5% of the unemployed had been unemployed for at least 12 months. In a state of stagnant unemployment was 27.1% of the unemployed in rural areas and 14.7% in cities.


Mishustin announced additional funds to support the unemployed :: Society :: RBC

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The government additionally allocated more than 35 billion rubles. to support the unemployed in Russia. This was announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting with the Deputy Prime Ministers via videoconference, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reports.

According to Mishustin, it is necessary that everyone who is left without work regularly receives the due payments.

“People found themselves in a difficult situation. The state must support them, ”he said.

According to him, the budget for the current year provided social payments in the amount of more than 165 billion rubles. The mentioned 35 billion rubles. will be highlighted in addition to them.

Putin announced the aggravation of the problem of unemployment in Russia

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Putin announced the aggravation of the problem of unemployment in Russia :: Politics :: RBC

Photo: Valery Matytsin / TASS

At a meeting with the head of Karachay-Cherkessia, Rashid Temrezov, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the problem of unemployment is aggravating throughout the country. The transcript of the meeting is published on the Kremlin website.

According to the head of state, industrial and agricultural production is growing in the region. “And at the same time, a fairly high level of unemployment [в Карачаево-Черкесии]… You know this problem, especially now it is aggravating in the whole country, ”the president said.

In Russia, 125 thousand unemployed have increased in a month

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In September, Putin demanded that unemployment be reduced from 6.3% to 4.7% by the end of 2021. According to the president, unemployment in Russia now corresponds to the level of March 2012.

According to the Minister of Labor and Social Protection Anton Kotyakov, the number of unemployed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has increased by 1.3 million people. From March to October, the number of unemployed rose from 3.5 million to 4.8 million.