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They are people like Valentyn, who is living his dream. The 41-year-old man has nothing to worry about. He has half of a private house in one of the district centers in Khmelnytska Oblast. All he has to do to make his ends meet is to regularly visit his bank, where he has a deposit. The amount of money Valentyn has saved allows him to monthly receive interest that is half of the official average salary in the area. In reality, it’s a little more than citizens of his city actually earn on average. So he hasn’t been working for quite a long time.

According to recent data published by State Statistics Service of Ukraine, almost 12 million people from 15 to 70 years old in the 45-million member nation are inactive. It means that roughly 27 percent of Ukraine’s population can’t or don’t want to work and do nothing to find any job at all.

Some of these people are, of course, students (less than a million), pensioners (up to seven million) and people with disabilities who can’t work. But the rest of them – perhaps 10 percent of the population – are inactive during the prime of lives.

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