Over 6% of unemployed people receive benefit in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 17

By Elyaz Shafiyev - Trend:

As of March 1, 2015, some 29,000 people were officially registered as unemployed in Azerbaijan, including 39.2 percent women, the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee's report as of January-February 2015 said.

The number of unemployed decreased by 20.8 percent compared to the same period of 2014.

For comparison, as of March 1, 2014, the number of the officially registered unemployed in the country amounted to 36,600 people.

The average monthly amount of unemployment benefit in Azerbaijan is 259.9 AZN.

Around 1,802 people receive the unemployment benefit in the country.

Distribution of unemployed individuals and those who receive unemployment benefit in towns and regions as of March 1, 2015 (people):

Region:

Individuals with unemployed status:

Individuals receiving unemployment benefits:

Baku

11 581

616

Absheron region

1 805

267

Ganja-Gazakh

1 939

197

Sheki-Zaqatala

826

79

Lankaran

893

42

Guba-Khachmaz

914

105

Aran

7 240

293

Upper-Karabakh

1 705

131

Kalbajar-Lachin

1 323

37

Mountain Shirvan

769

35

Nakhchivan

-

-

According to the State Statistics Committee, as of early March 2015, the economically active population is 4.848 million people, of which 4.610 million people were engaged in labor activity. In this case, as of February 1, 2015, the number of hired persons is 1.512 million people, including 881,600 people worked in the public sector, and 629,800 people - in private sector.

The number of people working in the oil sector amounted to 36,200 people, in the non-oil sector - 1.475 million people. Around 1.467 million people among hired employees work in non-agricultural sphere.

Around 22.6 percent fall to the hired employees involved in the production spheres: 7.2 percent in construction, 6.6 percent in manufacturing industry, 2.9 percent in agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2.4 percent - in the mining industry, 1.9 percent - in the production and distribution of electricity, gas and steam, 1.6 percent - in water supply, waste recycling, 22.3 percent in education, 18.7 percent - trade, repair of vehicles, 8.6 percent - medical and social services, 6.7 percent in state governance and defense, social maintenance, 4.7 percent - transportation and warehousing, 3.8 percent - recreation, entertainment and arts, 3.8 percent - professional, scientific and technical activities, 1.7 percent - communication and information, 2 percent - financial and insurance activities, 0.9 percent - real estate transactions, 1.6 percent - administrative and additional services, 1.5 percent - tourist accommodation and catering and 1.1 percent - other areas.

The official exchange rate is 1.0487 AZN/USD as of March 17.

Edited by CN

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