This is stated in the FinExpertiza study, the results of which are cited by Kommersant.
"During a pandemic year, the number of workers decreased by 1.65 million people - in such a number of jobs, the last time was reduced only during the financial crisis in 2009", - experts say.
Despite the fact that by December last year the number of employees had grown to 70.77 million, it could not recover to the level of a year ago.
The number of employed Russians was lower only in 2010.
Note that only in the first two working weeks of 2021 - from 11 to 25 January - 615.3 thousand Russians were left without work. In this regard, the government is proposed to introduce compensation for those companies that will hire unemployed people registered at employment centers from March 1 of last year to January 1 of this year.
As for the regions, residents of Kabardino-Balkaria, where the number of unemployed increased tenfold, in the Stavropol Territory, where unemployment increased eightfold, as well as in the Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions, in Karachay-Cherkessia and in the Crimea, fell the most rapidly.