Automotive sector creates most jobs in Iran, data shows

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.31/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Judging from the latest statistics, Iran's giant carmakers, Iran Khodro and Saipa, rank the first and the second among Iranian industrial units in terms of the highest number of personnel.

Iran khodro has 52,795 personnel and Saipa has 39,304 personnel, ISNA reported. Mobarakeh Steel Company of Isfahan ranks the third with 14,806 personnel.

In general, companies which are active in the fields of car and car parts, mines and minerals, food, and petrochemicals have created the highest number of jobs.

The list below introduces the top 10 Iranian companies - according to the National Industrial Management Organization - in terms of the number of personnel:

1- Iran Khodro with 52,795 personnel
2- Saipa with 39,304 personnel
3- Mobarakeh Steel Company with 14,806 personnel
4- Mapna Company with 8755 personnel
5- Iran Khodro Diesel Company with 8695 personnel
6- Khouzestan Steel Company with 7013 personnel
7- Bandar Emam Petrochemical Company with 7008 personnel
8- Pars Khodro Company with 6828 personnel
9- Fars and Khouzestan Cement Company with 5446 personnel
10- National Iranian Copper Industries Company with 4864 personnel

The former director of the association of Iranian car sellers and showroom owners, Jalal Rikhtegar Qadimi, told ILNA on September 14 that the prices of kinds of cars have risen by around 35 percent between March 2011 and September 2012.

"Limitations in imports, growth of dollar price, and reduction in domestic production are among the main reasons for the price rise," he said.

The sharp rise of the dollar price from 13,000 rials in the beginning of the current year to around 36,000 rials in September, the non-delivery of spare parts by some foreign companies as a result of international sanctions, and the non-allocation of subsidies to the industry sector led to the closing down of a number of production units related to the automotive sector and a significant decline in products, subsequently.

The association of Iranian carmakers announced in August that the car output fell by 36 percent during the first quarter of the current calendar year (began on March 20) compared to the same period last year.

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