Unemployment in Russia ranges from 1.6 percent in St. Petersburg to 44.5 percent in Ingushetia

There is strong differentiation among Russia's federal districts when it comes to unemployment - the difference between districts reaching 300 percent and by regions almost 2900 percent, a Russian Statistics Service report on employment and unemployment in September 2013 shows.

There is strong differentiation among Russia's federal districts when it comes to unemployment - the difference between districts reaching 300 percent and by regions almost 2900 percent, a Russian Statistics Service report on employment and unemployment in September 2013 shows.

The lowest level of unemployment, according to ILO criteria, in September 2013 was as usual in the Central Federal District and was 3.3 percent (3 percent in September 2012). The highest, also as usual, was in the North Caucasus Federal District at 13 percent (12.7 percent in August 2012).

Unemployment was 4.1 percent in the Northwest Federal District (3.5 percent a year earlier), 4.5 percent in the Volga Federal District (4.6 percent), 5.8 percent in the Urals Federal District (5.4 percent), 5.8 percent also in the Far East Federal District (6.4 percent), 6.4 percent in the Southern Federal District (5.8 percent) and 6.7 percent in the Siberian Federal District (6.8 percent).

Unemployment in Russia as a whole was 5.3 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in August 2013 and 5.2 percent in September 2012.

Among the regions, the highest level of unemployment in July-September 2013 (average for the three months to enhance data representativeness) was seen in Ingushetia at 44.5 percent and Chechnya at 26.6 percent. There was also double-digit unemployment of 17.3 percent in Tuva, 13.3 percent in Kalmykia, 11.9 percent in Altai, 11.7 percent in Dagestan, 11.6 percent in Karachaevo-Cherkesia and 10.3 percent in Baikal territory.

The lowest unemployment in the third quarter of 2013 was observed in St. Petersburg (1.6 percent), Moscow (1.7 percent), Chukotka autonomous district (2.1 percent), Moscow region (2.7 percent), Magadan region (2.7 percent) and Yamal Nenets autonomous district (2.8 percent).

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