December 2015 saw unemployment in Ukraine rise to 1,9%, an increase of 0,3 points compared to November 2015, Ukraine’s State Statistics Service reports.

As of January 1, 2016, the number of unemployed people stood at 490,8, of whom 398,2 thousand received unemployment benefit.

Average unemployment benefit increased from UAH 1,357 in November 2015 to UAH 1,444 thousand.

The data does not include temporarily occupied Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and the ATO (anti-terrorist operation) area.