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In Russia, a rapidly growing number of official unemployed persons

В России стремительно растет число официальных безработных

In Russia to date was 735 thousand unemployed, and since the beginning of this year their number increased by 44 thousand persons (by 6.36%). Such data on the online meeting chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin today led by the Minister of labour and social protection of the Russian Federation Anton Kotkov.

According to him, “now in the Russian Federation was 735 thousand unemployed, and their number increased by 44 thousand persons”.

The head of the Ministry of labor said that a year ago at this time registered at the employment centres was 813 thousand.

Kotkov indicated that it was previously “introduced remote order of registration of citizens as unemployed”. “With this new tool already filed more than 180 thousand applications from our citizens,” — said the Minister.

Between application and registration as unemployed is 10 days.

We will remind that on April 9 the Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin signed the necessary orders for the support of citizens who have lost their jobs, and speech, among other things, the registration of unemployed persons online. As the Prime Minister said at the Cabinet meeting, “one of the orders of the President (Vladimir Putin — ed.) for remote registration at the labour exchange”, and “now it can be done on the portal “Work in Russia””.

While Mishustin gave to understand that it’s temporary rules, which “will be in effect until the end of this year.”

In addition, he said, preparing “additional steps to support those who have lost their jobs.” Including, said Mishustin, “from April to June, the Dole will be paid on the level of the minimum wage, that is more than 12 thousand rubles,” but it applied to “those who applied to the employment service after March 1”.

The Prime Minister also added that the appointment of benefits will also be online.

Meanwhile on 13 April the Chairman of the accounts chamber of the Russian Federation Alexei Kudrin warned of a probable and significant increase in the number of unemployed in Russia. “According to forecasts, in the period of the crisis in Russia from 2.5 million to 8 million will increase the number of unemployed at some period. It is possible that before the end of the year. Then restart (the economy),” said Kudrin in an interview with RBC.

However, he stated that at the present time, the demand for some services completely disappeared: unclaimed were restaurant services, entertainment and sports.

For his part, Director and partner of the company “Intellectual reserve,” Paul does not exclude meat eaters that, in General, up to 8 million Russians could lose their jobs because of the coronavirus, although official statistics may show a number from 2.5 million to 4 million people.

“The fact that the official data record the number of people seeking help of the state in the employment centers, the MFC. Part of the population worked in the “gray” schemes without formal employment. Such people will suffer the most — the number of orders falling and business is much easier refuses the services of informal workers — sent on unpaid leave or cut back payments (this leads to an increase of hidden unemployment),” said the expert Agency PRIME.

The Russian economy in February—March 2020 was under the powerful impact of two negative factors — the rapid spread of the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19 and its deleterious effect on the global economy and collapse in oil prices. Against this background, the rouble significantly depreciated against the dollar and the Euro. Reacting to the situation, the government and the Bank of Russia adopted a number of plans of measures to support the economy and citizens.

On 1 April, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin said that the government has allocated 1.4 trillion rubles (approximately 1.25% of GDP) anti-COVID-19 and implementation of anti-crisis measures.

On April 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government together with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation in 5-day period to prepare a programme of additional support businesses in the crisis caused by the pandemic coronavirus. According to him, the program “should allow companies to preserve employment, income of employees”.

Why the Russian authorities should support small businesses and the unemployed, says in the podcast “Rosbalt” restaurateur Alexander Zatulivetrov.

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