TEHRAN, April 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mohammad Jahromi put the nation's unemployment rate at the end of the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 20007) at 11.1 percent.
Over 900,000 jobs were created in the past year, Jahromi said, adding substitution of the retired employees by the new workforce (between 60,000 and 70,000 jobs) accounted for parts of the job opportunities mentioned.
He added that since the precise figures for unemployment in the past year are not available yet, it is estimated to hit around 11.1 percent.
Unemployment by the end of Iran's Third Five-Year Socioeconomic Development Plan (2000-2005) was at 12.3 percent and by the end of March 2005, dropped to 12.1 percent, the minister explained.
He also referred to the one-percent decrease in the unemployment rate in the past year as compared with the year before and said that based on the provisions of the Fourth Development Plan (2005-2010) the rate is expected to fall to 8.4 percent by the end of the plan.
Despite the measures taken, the government has not yet been able to fulfill Majlis's expectations about reducing unemployment rate, added the representative of Zabol in Majlis (parliament).
"The young generation constitutes a high percentage of the nation's population, most of whom often face problem in finding jobs or in marrying and we have been facing this hurdle for years," Abolqassem Mokhtari told MNA, complaining that no serious decision has been yet taken for such regions.
Government's policies and assistances have failed to impact on unemployment, the MP objected.
He said that the issue could be considered as a serious warning for the society because joblessness leads to an increase in the social ills.
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