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31 percent of 15- to 29-year-old Iranians are unemployed

Thirty-one percent of Iranian youth in the 15 to 29 years age group, are either unemployed or lack a suitable job, said an official in Shiraz, Fars province on Saturday, IRNA reported.

Presidential Advisor and Head of the National Youth Organization Rahim Ebadi told an international seminar on minor credits for the youth that unemployment growth rate among the young population in Iran stands at about 13.2 percent a year and if the trend continues, in the next three years more than 52 percent of the youth will be unemployed.

Ebadi said the country has not been able to meet demands of the youth due to rapid growth in population.

He said rise in employment opportunities can raise the life expectancy rate and the hope for education and marriage among the youth.

The official said the youth, aged 15 to 19, account for 39 percent of the country's active work force and the unemployment rate stands at about 34 percent among the age groups of 15 to 19 years old and at about 16 percent among the 25 to 29 years age group.

He said that about 320,000 graduates apply for jobs, raising concerns they would not find adequate jobs.

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