The authorities of the Oryol region called out of context the words of the head of the labor and employment department Alexander Sotnikov, who was surprised by the refusal of local residents to work for a salary of 15-18 thousand rubles. This was reported on the website of the regional government.
“The quote from the speech of the head of the labor and employment department Alexander Sotnikov <...> was taken out of the context of the general report,” the statement says.
Regional authorities explained that as part of the fight against the consequences of the pandemic, the Russian government simplified the registration procedure for unemployed citizens and introduced a number of support measures for the unemployed in the spring of 2020.
Thus, the amount of unemployment benefits increased to 12,130 rubles, an additional payment was introduced to the unemployed of 3,000 rubles for each minor child.
At the same time, starting in October 2020, when the amount of unemployment benefits returned to their previous indicators, those who previously received 12 thousand rubles for unemployment began to refuse to work with a salary 1.3-1.7 times higher – 15-20 thousand. rubles.
“This is a reason for questions, which, outwardly, is surprising, Sotnikov had in mind,” the regional government said.
On March 16, Sotnikov made a report at the profile committee. The official was surprised why local residents did not want to work for 15-18 thousand rubles. At the same time, Sotnikov noted that many leave for Moscow, where shift workers are offered 40 thousand rubles.
On the eve, in an interview with REN TV, the official said that there is a decrease in the number of unemployed in the region. According to him, the number of vacancies in the database of the employment service exceeds the number of those who do not work. Among such vacancies there are those where the salary exceeds the minimum size.
Earlier, on March 10, the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Russia Anton Kotyakov said that the number of officially registered unemployed in the country had decreased to 2.1 million people.
He pointed out that the country is witnessing a gradual recovery of the labor market, in January the unemployment rate fell to 5.8%. During the peak period, in August 2020, unemployment in the Russian Federation was 6.4%.