Iran VP: Administration has created jobs twice its obligation
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 16/ Trend F.Milad/
The Iranian first vice president has said the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created nearly twice as many jobs as promised over the past two years.
The IRNA News Agency quoted Mohammadreza Rahimi as saying that in the year to March 2011, the government had been obliged to create 1.1 million jobs, but it created 1.5 million jobs.
He added that if non-Iranian workers leave the country, the jobless rate will not exceed one or two percent.
Iran's High Council of Employment has approved allocating 45 trillion rials (some $37 billion) to job creation plans in the current calendar year, which began on March 20, the deputy cooperatives, labor, and social welfare minister said.
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, which ended on March 19, showing 1.2 percent fall compared to its preceding year, the Statistical Center of Iran
reported on Saturday.
The IRNA News Agency quoted the report as saying that the number of jobless individuals has reduced to 2.8 million from 3.2 million year on year.