YEREVAN, December 19 (Noyan Tapan). The unemployment rate in Armenia stood at 9% in October, 0.8% less than last year. According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, “the RA Employment Service” registered 156.2 thousand people, 129.9 thousand of them got the status of unemployed as of late October. 713 people found jobs in October 2002, 173 people were for each vacancy. The number of unemployed people, receiving the allowance in the mentioned month, totaled 6.5 thousand. The average volume of allowance, granted by the Agency, is 3,216 drams (about $6).