According to the information of the Russian ministry of economic development and trade, the number of the country's unemployed dropped by almost 2 million people, the ministry's press service reported on Wednesday.
The drop in the rate accompanied Russia's gradual economic uplift in 2000-2002.
In 1999, according to expert estimates, the country had 9.3 million of unemployed, or 13% of economically active population. In 2000, the figure dropped to 7.5 million, or 10.5% of the economically active population. In 2002, it totaled 5.7 million, or 8%.
Beginning with 2000, the annual growth in the numbers of workers employed in branches of economy amounted to 400,000 people.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his speech dedicated to the Day of the Russian Navy, recalled the threats that Russia is currently facing from a number of countries.