The registered unemployment rate in Ukraine dropped to 2.4% as of late June 2009, the State Statistics Committee has reported.

The committee said that the unemployment rate in May was 2.6%, in April 2.9%, in March 3.1%, while in January-February 2009 it was 3.2%. In December 2008, it was 3%, in November 2.3%, and in October 1.9%.

By the end of June 2009, 658,500 people were unemployed (in May, this figure was 736,300). Of these, some 500,700 people received unemployment benefits (compared to 544,700 in May). The average amount of benefits was UAH 622.44 per month (UAH 619.68 earlier).

Of the unemployed people registered by the end of June, 362,800 were women, and most of the jobless (404,100 people) were residents of cities.

There were some 76,200 job vacancies in June (compared to 85,300 a month earlier). In addition, the committee said that the number of unemployed people registered with the State Employment Service was 671,000 (752,000 a month earlier). There were 88 jobseekers per ten vacancies, as was the case a month earlier.
Source: Kyiv Post

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