So, in January - March of this year in St. Petersburg the unemployment rate was 1.5%. 

Moscow ranks second among the regions with the lowest unemployment, according to RT estimates based on Rosstat data (1.6%). 

Next come the Yamal-Nenets (1.8%) and Khanty-Mansiysk (2.5%) autonomous okrugs and the Moscow region (2.6%).

The highest unemployment rates were recorded in the regions of the North Caucasus: in Ingushetia (26.6%), North Ossetia (14.1%), Dagestan (13.9%), Chechnya (13.3%) and Karachay-Cherkessia (13 ,1%).

The average unemployment rate in Russia in the first quarter of the year was 4.6%. This is slightly lower than the previous year - in 2019, it was 4.8%. 

According to the vice-rector of the Academy of Labor and Social Relations, Alexander Safonov, the high unemployment rate in the Caucasus is largely due to the demographic situation - in these regions, as a rule, a high proportion of the young population, he explained. 

“Traditionally, the highest unemployment rate (up to 29% in Russia as a whole) is observed among the younger generation under the age of 25 years. The more youth in the region, the greater the problem of employment for this particular category, ”the expert explained. 

Earlier, experts from the Institute for Progressive Education told the representatives of which professions should expect a salary increase after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.