Number of employed Iranians hit 21.337 million
Tehran, Iran, July 16
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Some 21.337 million people were employed in Iran in the previous fiscal year (which ended on March 21).
Over 3.913 million were employed in the agriculture sector, while 7.313 million and 10.11 million people were employed in the industry and services sectors, respectively, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on July 16.
The urban and rural areas shares were respectively 15.001 million and 6.336 million people.
According to the labor ministry's latest statistics, some 6.336 million women were employed in the country in the previous year.
The Statistical Center of Iran previously put the country's unemployment rate in previous winter at 10.5 percent. The unemployment rate in the mentioned three-month period which ended on March 20 was 1.8 percent less than the same period of time its preceding year, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on June 24.
The country's urban and rural unemployment rate in the mentioned period stood at 11.3 and 8.7 percent, respectively. Unemployment among men and women were also around 9.1 and 18.9 percent, respectively.
The Central Bank of Iran reported on June 22 that the country's unemployment rate stood at 10.6 percent in the first quarter of previous Iranian calendar year (March 21. 2013 - June 21, 2013).
The country's unemployment rate at urban areas stood at 12.2 percent in the mentioned period, while its rural unemployment rate hit 6.6 percent, Iran's TASNIM News Agency reported.
Unemployment among men and women were around 8.8 and 18.7 percent, respectively.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in December that job creation is the most significant issue in the future of the country's economy, while the combination of inflation and stagnation is now the most important problem.
"Tackling high inflation and unemployment are top priorities of the government," Rouhani said before presenting the Iranian parliament (Majlis) with his government's first budget plan.
Some 20.3 percent of youths between the age of 15 to 29 were jobless in Iran in the mentioned three-month period.