Jobless situation is not critical in Iran - Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 9/ Trend F.Milad/
Iranian Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami has said that the unemployment situation is not critical when compared with other countries.
"Iran's unemployment is not critical with an eye to its demographic and educational indices in comparison with other countries," the IRNA news agency quoted Sheikholeslami as saying.
He added that over 1.1 million new jobs will be created in the current calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2013.
The unemployment rate is planned to be cut to seven percent by the end of the fifth socio-economic development plan (March 2016), he added.
To this end, 5.5 million new jobs should be created, he noted.
Iran's High Council of Employment has approved allocating 45 trillion rials (some $37 billion) to job creation plans in the current calendar year, the deputy cooperatives, labor, and social welfare minister said on July 24.
The Mehr news agency quoted Mohammad-Hossein Forouzanmehr as saying that some 1.6 million jobs were created last year.
The unemployment rate in Iran stood at 12.3 percent in the past calendar year, showing 1.2 percent fall compared to its preceding year, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.