Iranian Parliament doubts in Ahmadinejad's job creation statistics

Business Materials 8 June 2011 15:50 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku, June 8/ Trend/

The Iran parliament reported that Ahmadinejad's government has created 2.5 million jobs over the past five years, while it was committed to create 3.5 million jobs, Hamshahri newspaper reported quoting member of Parliamentary Budget Planning Committee Abasali Noura as saying.

Ahmadinejad said 1.6 million jobs created last solar year (end March 20, 2011) and it is planned to create additional 2.5 million new jobs this year.

"The Iranian MPs skepticism toward government's claims of creating 1.6 million jobs is increasing," Noura noted. "The situation is not pleasant."

The International Monetary Fund forecasted zero-percent economic growth for Iran in 2011.

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

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 enter the labor market per year, which means minimum 900,000 new jobs must be created to provide these people with jobs.

The statistics said 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 to the unofficial statistics, the unemployment rate hits 25-30 percent in the country.

Under the Iranian Development Plan, the Iranian government was committed to 3.5 million jobs over the past five years. However, the parliament report indicates creation of 2.5 million jobs.

Meanwhile, the statistics of the Parliament (Majlis) Research Center underscored the government has created at least 1.7 million jobs over the past five years.

The members of the parliamentary economic committee are preparing a report to indicate real figures on job creating in Ahmadinejad's government. The report stresses on job's constancy and incomes.