Report: Some 48 percent of unemployed Iranian women hold higher education certificates
Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.10/ Trend G.Mehdi/
Some 48 percent of Iranian women who are unemployed hold higher education certificates, IRNA reported.
The figure is about 14 percent among men, the report added. Women account for some 60 percent of university entrance applicants in Iran.
Over 2.688 million people were unemployed in Iran by the end of autumn this year, the Mehr News Agency reported, citing the Statistics Center of Iran.
However, the number of the jobless people decreased by 326,170 compared to summer.
Some 76 percent of the total unemployed people are between 15 and 29 years of age.
Iran's unemployment rate in autumn 2012 hit 11.2 percent, down 0.6 percent compared to the figure in autumn last year.
The jobless rate was 11.1 percent in spring, according to the report.
Some 1 million new jobs have been created in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, 2012. During the previous year, the nation's working population was 25 million, the report added.
According to Etemad Persian language daily, the administration had pledged to create 2.5 million jobs in the current (calendar) year.
Persons aged 20-24 years are the most unemployed group in Iran with the unemployment rate of 29.8 percent.
Just 10 percent of economic activities in Iran are done by women, the Mehr News Agency quoted Tehran chamber of commerce official Mohsen Bahrami Arz-Aqdas as saying.
Women account for half of the country's active working population, but they just hold a ten percent share in national economic activities, he added.
Despite the fact that the number of female university graduates is on the rise, women's share in managerial jobs is not considerable, he noted.
Iran's high council of employment plans to create 1.1 million jobs in the 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.