MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will spend
some 100 billion rubles ($2.8 bln) to tackle rising
unemployment in the country amid the global financial crisis,
the health and social development minister was quoted as saying
There were 1.89 million jobless in Russia against 75.7 million
employed people as of February 24.
"To curb the rise, substantial sums are being allocated. A
total of some 100 billion rubles will be spent," Tatyana
Golikova was quoted as saying.
She said the labor sector would be receiving the
unprecedented sum for the first time.
The Russian government made a decision in late 2008 to
allocate 43.7 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) to try and stem the
rise in unemployment in 2009.
Labor departments later said an additional 30 billion
rubles ($839.8 million) would be required to implement programs
to tackle unemployment in the regions now that the jobless
figures had exceeded 1.6 million.