Unemployment rate in Russia down to 7.7% in Feb. - ministry

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MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) - Unemployment in February fell to 7.7% or 5.7 million people, the economics ministry said Monday.

The figure represents a drop of 5.5%, or 329,000 people, on February 2005.

The number of officially registered unemployed people was down in February by 113,000 against February 2005, totaling 1.9 million people or 2.6% of economically active population.

Russia's state statistics service said that 73.9 million people, or 51% of Russians, are economically active, and are mainly employed in large and medium-size enterprises.

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