Unemployment rising in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 18

By Kheyraddin Nasirzade – Trend:

As of March 1, 2019, 39,400 unemployed were officially registered in Azerbaijan (an increase of 5.7 percent over the year), 33.9 percent of which are women, Trend reports referring to the report of the State Statistical Committee.

Distribution of unemployed persons and those receiving unemployment benefits in cities and districts of the country as of April 1, 2019 (by number of people):

Economic region

Citizens with unemployed status

Citizens receiving unemployment benefits

Baku

18,658

530

Absheron

3,391

112

Ganja-Gazakh

5,330

34

Shaki-Zagatala

836

28

Lankaran

1,032

37

Guba-Khachmaz

1,399

21

Aran

5,296

118

Upper Karabakh

1,756

11

Kalbajar-Lachin

926

57

Mountainous Shirvan

797

19

Nakhchivan

-

-

Total

39,421

967

According to the report, in early April 2019, the economically active population of Azerbaijan consisted of almost 5,131,700 people.

At the same time, as of March 1, 2019, the number of persons working for hire amounted to 1,534,300 people including 865,300 people employed in the public sector of the economy and 669,000 people working in the private sector. There were 34,400 people working in the oil sector and about 1,500,000 people working in the non-oil sector.

Out of those working for hire, 23.2 percent were employed in the production sector, 6.8 percent of which were employed in construction, 7.2 percent in processing, 3.2 percent in agriculture, forestry and fish farming, 2.2 percent in the extractive industry, 2 percent in the field of water supply, cleaning and recycling, and 1.8 percent in the production and distribution of electricity, gas and steam.

According to the report, 21.8 percent of those working for hire in the service sector were concentrated in the field of education, 18.8 percent in trade and repair of vehicles, 8.6 percent in the provision of medical and social services, and 7.1 percent in the areas of government, defense and social security, 4.6 percent in transport and warehousing, 3.6 percent in leisure, entertainment and art, 3.5 percent in professional, scientific and technical activities, 1.8 percent in administrative and ancillary services, 1.7 percent in the fields of communication and information, 1.6 percent in financial and insurance, 1.6 percent in tourist accommodation and catering, 1 percent in real estate transactions, and 1.1 percent in other fields.

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