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Ukrainians return to work, but 39% are still unemployed — poll by Rating

Chernihiv after enemy shelling

Chernihiv after enemy shelling

As of April 26, among those who had a job before the war, 59% continue to work (in March there were 46%). Such data were obtained in the course of a poll conducted by the Rating sociological group.

In particular:

  • the number of people working in a usual manner has increased (from 23 to 32%);
  • 24% work partially or remotely;
  • 3% started another job.

Most of those who are currently working are among residents of the western and central regions (about 60%). In the south, there are 52% of those who work, in the east — about 40%. Gradual recovery of employment is recorded in the center, in the south, and in the east. In the west of the country, the situation has stabilized since the beginning of April.

At the same time, 39% of those who had a job before the war are still unemployed (in March it was 53%, in early April — 41%).

More than half (54%) of those who lost their jobs during the war believe that they will be able to return to their former job, 40% do not believe in that. The latter are more common among villagers, older people, and women.

Two-thirds of respondents who lost their jobs over the war are ready to change jobs. 58% are ready to retrain, and 49% are ready to work in another region of the country. There are more of those who are ready to change their profession and place of work among the residents of the eastern regions.


In the course of the study, 1,000 respondents aged 18 years and older were interviewed using the CATI method (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews) in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories. The selection is representative in terms of age, gender, and type of settlement; the representativeness error of the study with a confidence probability of 0.95 is no more than 3.1%.

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