Rosstat reported a decline in the number of unemployed

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The unemployment rate in Russia in August, according to preliminary data, amounted to 4.9% after 5.1% a month earlier, according to the operative report of Rosstat.

«In August 2017, according to preliminary results of a sample survey of the labor force, 3.8 million people aged 15-72 years, or 4.9% of the labor force were classified as unemployed (according to methodology of the International labour organization)», — stated in the document.

While in the public institutions of the employment service as unemployed was registered by 0.8 million people, including 0.6 million people received unemployment benefits, said the statistical office.

According to Rosstat, the labour force in August this year amounted to 76,9 million people, aged 15 to 72 years of 76,7 million people, or 52% of the total population of the country.