The minimum size of the unemployment benefits offered to triple

the Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin considers that it is necessary to increase unemployment benefits for all unemployed, including those not in connection with the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19. He stated this today at the meeting, which was chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

As pointed out by Mishustin, “one of the important measures is the extension of payment of unemployment benefits to citizens who previously lost a job.”

“it is necessary to increase the minimum size of the unemployment benefits for all citizens and not only for those who have lost their earnings due to coronavirus”, — quotes “Interfax” the Prime Minister.

In turn, labor Minister Anton Kotkov proposed to increase the size of the minimum unemployment benefits three times — to 4,5 thousand rubles.

In General, added Mishustin, the support program of the labour market authorities have already allocated 81 billion.

the Prime Minister stated that the situation of coronavirus has seriously affected the labor market in Russia, said RIA “Novosti”.

“In these circumstances, many employers have had to restructure their operations. On the one hand, to protect their employees from the disease, with another — to provide the work of enterprises”, — stressed the head of government.

Recall, on the eve was published the data of Rosstat, according to which the number of unemployed in Russia is calculated according to ILO methodology, increased in April to 4.3 million vs. 3.4 million in March. The increase in the number of unemployed in April 2020 in annual terms (i.e. by April 2019) amounted to 21%, as compared to March 2020 and 23.4%.

From this it follows that the unemployment rate in April was 5.8% of the labour force. This is the highest figure since April of 2016.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova has informed that in Russia there are 1 million 665 thousand officially registered unemployed.

However, the results ofmillet “Levada-center”, which was held in April, a quarter of Russians (25%) experienced delayed payments of wages and redundancies (26%). Almost a third of respondents (32%), in the family which is involved, replied that they personally or their family members have already touched upon the problem of reducing wages.

let’s Add that 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 several packages of measures to support the economy and citizens.

may 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the end of may 12, a single period of days off, entered March 30, in the fight against COVID-19. He also announced the beginning of implementation of the third package of anti-crisis measures, under which the state, in particular, will increase targeted support for families with children, small businesses, individual entrepreneurs and self-employed. In addition, Putin instructed the government to prepare a national plan for long-term development of the economy, the recovery in employment and incomes.

on 27 may, the Minister of economic development (MED) of the Russian Federation Maxim Reshetnikov said that the total cost of anti-crisis measures to support the Russian economy, aimed at combating the impact of the pandemic coronavirus has reached 3.3 trillion rubles.

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