The number of unemployed in Russia in March 2016 has increased to 4.6 million people, which accounted for 6% of the total working-age population, according to Rosstat published the document “Information on the socio-economic situation of Russia” (.pdf). Last time to the level of 6%, the unemployment rate rose in January 2013.
“In March 2016, according to preliminary results of sample survey of labour force (survey on employment), 4.6 million people or 6.0% of the labour force (economically active population), were classified as unemployed (according to methodology of the International labour organization)”, — stated in the document.
It is noted that “in state institutions of the employment service as unemployed there were 1.1 million, 0.9 million were receiving unemployment benefits”.
In February and January of the current year, and December and November 2015, the official unemployment rate was at the level of 5.8%.
The Minister of labour and social protection Maxim Topilin after the meeting with representatives of the Association of European businesses told reporters that the level of unemployment at 6%, according to the calculations of the Ministry, will remain and will not be exceeded. “We believe that there will be on average 6% a year… In December no growth. We expect that the average will not exceed 6% per year — this is an annual average,” said Topilin (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).