As of June 27, the State Employment Service registered 320,000 unemployed.
First Vice Prime Minister-Minister of Economy Yulia Sviridenko explained the renewal of the procedure for unemployment payments and reported on the state policy in the field of employment.
She spoke about this on the air of the information telethon.
“As of June 27, 320,000 unemployed people were registered with the State Employment Service. If we look from the beginning of the year, 355,000 people have received the status of unemployed, since the beginning of hostilities – 242,000 people, of which 28,000 are internally displaced persons,” – Sviridenko informed.
The Minister of Economy explained that the update to the unemployment payment procedure, which the government recently changed, is that people who are more than 30 days abroad receive unemployment payment if they were registered as unemployed, only for 30 days.
“After a person has not returned, but decided for himself to stay abroad for a certain time, such unemployment payment stops,” Sviridenko said.
She added that this is due to the fact that the main function of the employment center is not payments, but the job search function.
“If a person is abroad, then with a high probability he is looking for a job there. Therefore, of course, upon her return, at her request, she will be registered. We will again be able to restore the job search function and give it the vacancies that are in the database employment center,” Sviridenko said.
The Minister of Economy noted that a person can be offered a job based on experience and education. The second option of work that can be offered is community service or community work.
“They should not be perceived as public works in the classical sense. This is a list of works that will be determined by the military-civilian administrations. If you look at unemployment benefits, on average it is 4870 UAH. And we say that public works should cost at least 6500 UAH for Therefore, this is an alternative for those who really want to work,” Sviridenko said.
She believes that the new conditions will not lead to hidden unemployment among Ukrainians. This will reformat work, because the emphasis is shifted from the pay function to the job search function and the implementation of active employment programs.
“Because the main functions of employment centers and state policy in the field of employment are job searches. The second is, for example, the implementation of programs such as compensation for partial unemployment for those employers who were forced to suspend their activities or go into idle time. The state compensates them part of the wages for their employees,” Sviridenko explained.
She added that a program is also being implemented for internally displaced persons who were forced to leave the front-line and front-line regions of the country and move to safer places.
“The state compensates wages for such people in the amount of UAH 6,500 within two months. There is also an active employment program, which consists in compensating a single social contribution for employees with whom the employer has signed a contract for at least two years. That is, the main goal is the maximum expansion of employment programs,” Sviridenko stressed.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on June 21, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution according to which the officially registered unemployed in Ukraine should be involved in socially useful work for the minimum wage.