Iran plans to create 1.1 million jobs next calendar year
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.23 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Iran's high council of employment plans to create 1.1 million jobs next Iranian calendar year, which begins on March 21, the Mehr News agency quoted Iranian deputy labor minister Ali-Akbar Labbafi as saying.
The fifth five-year economic development plan (2010-2015) has envisaged creating 1.1 million jobs per year, he added.
During the past two years, the administration [of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] has created up to 3.2 million job opportunities, he said.
Iran's unemployment rate in autumn 2012 hit 11.2 percent, down 0.6 percent compared to the figure in autumn last year, IRNA reported on February 11, citing Iran's Statistics Center.
The jobless rate was 11.1 percent in spring, the report said.
Some 1 million new jobs have been created in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, 2012.