Number of unemployed increases in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22

By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:

As of January 1, 2016, some 28,900 people were officially registered as unemployed in Azerbaijan, including 38.6 percent women, the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee's report as of 2015 said.

The number of unemployed in the country increased by 0.7 percent compared to 2014.

The average monthly unemployment benefit in Azerbaijan is 262.3 manat.

Distribution of unemployed individuals and those who receive unemployment benefit in towns and regions as of January 1, 2016 (people):

Region:

Individuals with unemployed status

Individuals receiving unemployment benefits

Baku

12 113

718

Absheron region

1 499

136

Ganja-Gazakh

1 799

151

Sheki-Zaqatala

803

81

Lankaran

839

40

Guba-Khachmaz

969

49

Aran

7 204

235

Upper-Karabakh

1 543

57

Kalbajar-Lachin

1 317

35

Mountain Shirvan

791

41

Nakhchivan

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As of January 1, 2016, the economically active population totaled 4.92 million people, of which 4.67 million people were engaged in labour activity.

Thus, as of December 1, 2015, the number of hired employees hit over 1.5 million people, including 879,400 people worked in the public sector, and 624,600 people - in private sector.

The number of people working in the oil sector amounted to 34,500 people, in the non-oil sector - 1.47 million people.

Around 21.6 percent fall to the hired employees involved in the production spheres: 6.4 percent in construction, 6.4 percent in manufacturing industry, 3 percent in agriculture, forestry and fishing, 2.3 percent - in the mining industry, 1.8 percent - in the production and distribution of electricity, gas and steam, 1.7 percent - in water supply, waste recycling, 22.4 percent in education, 19 percent - trade, repair of vehicles, 8.8 percent - medical and social services, 6.7 percent in state governance and defense, social maintenance, 4.9 percent - transportation and warehousing, 3.8 percent - recreation, entertainment and arts, 3.9 percent - professional, scientific and technical activities, 1.7 percent - communication and information, 2 percent - financial and insurance activities, 1 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 1.6028 AZN/USD Jan. 22.

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