Almost 80% of working-age Russians with disabilities are out of job

Only 20 percent of working-age Russians with disabilities are employed, the Labor and Social Protection Ministry said on Monday.

"Just 816,200 out of 3.39 million working-age persons with disabilities are employed. Some 2.6 million persons with disabilities or 79.7 percent do not have jobs. The rate of employed persons with disabilities is 20.3%, percent," the ministry said.

Placement services assist in the employment of approximately 85,000 persons with disabilities per year, which is about a third of the total number of working-age persons with disabilities seeking assistance in their employment.

As of October 1, 2012, there had been 108,100 unemployed persons with disabilities registered at placement services or 4.2 percent of the total number of unemployed persons with disabilities.

People of working age account for 30.5 percent of the total number of persons with disabilities in Russia.

Russia has about 13.02 million citizens with disabilities or 9.1 percent of the entire population, which corresponds to the world's average, the ministry said.

Dec. 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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