Iran sends 2,455 workers to 10 countries

Iran Materials 3 January 2012 11:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 3 / Trend F.Milad/

Some 2,455 Iranian workers have been sent to Australia, Canada, Italy, Oman, UAE, Germany, Malaysia, UK, Denmark and Turkey by the state-run and private entities since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2011), Mehr news agency reported.

Some 5,000 Iranian workers are scheduled to be dispatched overseas in the current (calendar) year, the deputy cooperatives, labor and social affairs minister said.

According to the fifth five-year development plan (2010-2015), some 1.1 million jobs should be created to reach a 7.7 percent unemployment rate, Mohammad-Hossein Forouzanmehr told the IRNA news agency.

According to Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, continuing the declining trend of the unemployment rate in recent months can lead to a single-digit figure for Iran by the end of the year.

The minister said that the country plans to cut its unemployment rate to seven percent by the end of 2012 in line with the fifth development plan.

The ministry has proposed a plan for sending up to 100,000 laborers to abroad by 2015 in a bid to ease unemployment rate.