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Iran's inflation rate rises to 21.8 percent


Source: Tehran Times

The inflation rate in Iran for the 12-month period ended to April 19 hit 21.8 percent, up 0.3 percent compared to the same period ended to March 19, the Mehr News Agency quoted the Central Bank as reporting.

Banana prices reached about $2 per pound in Tehran in April

The Subsidy Reform Plan has reduced Iran's unemployment rate and helped maintain its economic growth this year despite speculation by some analysts of a surge in inflation, finance and economic affairs minister Shamseddin Hosseini said on February 17.

The plan, launched in December 2010, allows the Iranian government to gradually slash subsidies on fuel, electricity, and certain goods over the course of five years, with low-income families being compensated with direct cash handouts.

Iran's High Council of Employment has approved allocating 45 trillion rials (some $37 billion) to job creation plans this year, which began on March 20, the deputy cooperatives, labor, and social welfare minister says.

The approval came after negotiations with the central bank and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mohammad-Hossein Forouzanmehr told the Mehr News Agency.

Forouzanmehr also said the Statistical Center of Iran has confirmed that some 1.6 million jobs were created during the last Iranian year, which ended on March 19.

The unemployment rate in Iran stood at 12.3 percent last year, showing a 1.2 percent fall compared to the year before.

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