Recent statistics published in Iran reveal that the large influx of 30-year-olds into the job market, the ineffectiveness of the job counseling and training systems that would direct these young people to the professions in demand in the market, coupled with a decline in job creation in some agricultural and industrial sectors, have resulted in a sharp surge in unemployment among young Iranians. Data published for the past seven years reveals that the unemployment rate among Iranian youth was twice as high as for other population sectors in the country. Many young people born in the 1980s, who completed their education in various sectors and who were prepared to enter the job market, lacked proper counseling by the authorities, and the fact a large majority of the professions did not require new personnel, resulted in a surge in unemployment among young people. This trend grew worse, because authorities did not direct young people at the start of their studies to occupations that were needed in the market. The data further reveals that unemployment among women is even worse than among men, because women have more limited options in Iran’s job market. Women have a lower chance of employment in quarries, construction or marine industries. Unemployment for women between the ages of 15-24 is twice as high as the unemployment rate for men in the same age group. In the past year, the general unemployment rate was 12.3%. Unemployment among people between the ages of 15-24 was 26.5%, with unemployment among men in this age group standing at 22.9% and 42.7% for women(!).
Unemployment worsens among Iranian youth, and particularly among women
- Published: 80 days ago on Thursday, 11 October 2012
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: October 11, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
- Filed Under: Economy
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