The new report was issued after President-elect Hassan Rouhani came under criticism by the government officials for telling the Majlis on July 14 that studies carried out by his team of advisers indicate that only 14,000 jobs were created per year despite an earlier announcement by the outgoing president’s government which put the number at 1.6 million. Mehr News Agency reported that following Rouhani’s statements, the government announced that it would release a detailed report on this issue (unemployment rates) outlining its performance over the past eight years. The Statistical Center of Iran was, however, quick to act before the government and published a complete record of Iran’s unemployment rate and the administration’s achievements in creating jobs in this period. “A review of the Statistical Center of Iran’s report shows clear discrepancies in government officials’ claims on job creation and curbing the country’s unemployment rate…in reality, there is no sign in actual statistics that seven million jobs have been created…Between 2005 and 2012 only 542,769 people found jobs.” The recently released figures show that only 67,846 jobs were created each year and the employment situation during the same period had deteriorated in 13 provinces. The Statistical Center said the number of provinces with a single digit unemployment rate had declined to seven in 2012 from 10 in 2005. Meanwhile, 24 provinces out of 31 in the country reported double-digit unemployment rate.
Statistical Center report on unemployment rates dismisses earlier figures by Ahmadinejad
- Published: 73 days ago on Tuesday, 30 July 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: July 30, 2013 @ 12:37 pm
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