Yekaterinburg's difficulties in attracting workers from the Sverdlovsk region was one of the top issues addressed in last week's IEC Ekaterinburg Expo.
Andrei Popov, head of the Center for the Study of the Labor Market at Ural State University of Economics, said young people in small towns are highly mobile, which doesn't bode well for the local region since many of them move far away.
In 2006, roughly 40 percent of residents ages 26 to 35 remained within dozens of kilometers of Yekaterinburg, Popov said. However, today that statistic almost zeros out.
"About two-thirds of the demand for this category of staff form the industry and the wholesale and retail trade," Popov said. "However, it is obvious that [in] this category of professionals, some companies do not fit - they often refuse to even try to work with them. There are several reasons. Often there [are] complicated logistics... ."
The expo was sponsored by Ural State University of Economics.