Moscow mayor nominee promises to reduce unemployment

11:02, October 21, 2010      

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While federal officials predicted that the rate of unemployment in Russia will rise in 2011, presidential nominee for Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin vowed to reduce unemployment in the capital city, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday.

Notably, the 52-year-old Sobyanin said that registered Moscow residents should receive job offers in the first hand.

He added the jobs should be "high-tech, modern and well paid."

There are less than 50,000 officially registered jobless people in the city of over 10 million, as the vast majority of people do not claim benefits.

According to Health Minister Tatyana Golikova, the unemployed people in Russia will exceed six million in 2011.

"General unemployment will reach a peak in January 2011 of 6.4 million people," Golikova told a government meeting.

There are currently 5.2 million unemployed in Russia, she said, though the number of officially registered unemployed is just over 1.62 million people.

Source: Xinhua


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