Iran creates 500,000 home works

Business Materials 12 May 2011 16:37 (UTC +04:00)

Iran has allocated $250 million to create 500,000 home works, Fars News Agency reported quoting Iranian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ali Reza Sheykholeslami as saying.

Earlier, Sheykholeslami said that roughly $100 million were allocated in 2011 within the program of creating the working conditions at home, namely, working and earning money at home instead of working in the office.

Administrative systems are expected to develop home works and provide certain facilities, Sheikholeslami said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced later about creating about 1.600.000 new jobs in the country for the last solar year (the New Year starts in Iran on March 21). He also promised to create 2.5 million new jobs this year.

At present, roughly 75 million people live in Iran. The youth represents the most part of the population. According to the statistics, roughly 900,000 young people are able to work per year, that is, minimum 900,000 new jobs must be created to provide these people with jobs.

According to the statistics, the unemployment rate hits 14.5 percent in the country. This statistics includes people working an hour per week, students, housewives and soldiers as those provided with jobs. According the unofficial statistics, the unemployment rate hits 25-30 percent.

According to the Iranian Development Plan, the country's annual economic growth should hit 8 percent in order to create one million new jobs.

Ahmadinejad's government has refused to publicize the statistics on economic growth for several years and international sources, including the International Monetary Fund announced Iran's GDP growth at 1.1 percent for 2009 and 1.6 percent for 2010. In other word, Iran's economic growth has constituted 1.5-2 percent for last two years. It is unknown how 1.600.000 new jobs have been created at a 2-percent economic growth.
During Former President Mohammad Khatemi's time 600,000 new jobs were created at a 5-percent average annual growth.