Unemployment in Russia increased in October 2010 by 100,000 people from the previous month to 5.1 million, the Federal State Statistics Service said on Monday.
"Among the economically active population, 70.5 million people were classified as engaged in economic activity and 5.1 million people as unemployed according to the criteria of the International Labor Organization (ILO)," the service said.
In October 2010, the Russian workforce stood at 75.6 million people or over 53 percent of the total population. Employment in October grew by 0.8 percent, while the total unemployed decreased by 12.9 percent year-on-year.
Among the unemployed, the number of jobless women in October under the ILO criteria amounted to 46.4 percent, while the share of urban residents stood at 64.1 percent. The average age of the unemployed was 35.3 years in October, the statement said.
The lowest level of unemployment under the ILO criteria was in central Russia, while the highest in the North Caucasus region, the statement said.
MOSCOW, November 22 (RIA Novosti)