Iran plans to dispatch 100,000 laborers overseas by 2015

Business Materials 27 November 2011 17:25 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.27 / Trend F.Milad/

The Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare has proposed a plan for sending up to 100,000 laborers to abroad by the end of the fifth five-year development plan (2015) as a bid to ease unemployment problem.

The Employment Higher Council held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the proposed plan, the Mehr news agency reported.

Eighteen countries have been identified as the targets for the Iranian workforce, the report added.

Iran's unemployment rate in summer 2011 hit 11.1 percent, down 0.4 percent compared to the figure for spring, the head of Statistical Center of Iran said in October.

Mehr News Agency quoted Adel Azar as saying that the latest figure on jobless rate in Iran indicated a narrow cut in comparison to the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21).

Based on the announcement of the Statistics Center of Iran (SCI), the unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in the first three months of this (calendar) year.

Some 1 million new jobs have been created in the first half of the current year.

During the previous year, the nation's working population was 25 million, the report added.

Earlier this year, the Iranian official said that the country plans to cut its unemployment rate to seven percent by the end of 2012 in line with the fifth socio-economic development plan.