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Iran's unemployment rate tops 12.1 percent in winter: official

Tehran, April 25, IRNA-Head of Iran Statistic Center (ISC) said here Monday that the unemployment rate topped 12.1 percent in winter.

Hamid Reza Navabpour told IRNA that the unemployment rate in winter, due to stoppage of agriculture-related activities, is higher compared with other seasons.

The ISC had put the unemployment rate at 10.8 percent and 10.9 percent for last fall and summer, respectively.

The center has opted for a more precise measurements of unemployment rate implementing a new plan and has released seasonably-adjusted unemployment figures beginning last year, the official underlined.

The plan is designed to estimate seasonable and annual indexes of labor forces and its changes based on the needs of planners as well as corporating techniques with the aim of measuring figures with international standards of unemployment rates, he added.

He also said the project was designed based on the latest suggestions by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

He said real statistics is the basis of prudent planning, and conversely incorrect statistic could be the cause of bad planning.

The 20-year perspective envisages seven percent unemployment rate, which would be possible by achieving four percent average growth in employment annually, and 8.6 percent economic growth on the average annually in the period.

It is believed that the unemployment rate would reach 8.4 percent in the 20-year plan in light of 4.3 percent annual growth in employment on the average and eight percent economic growth on average in the period, added Navabpour.

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