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Hassan Rouhani: Iranian Government to Create Job Opportunities for 5 Million Unemployed Youths

Unemployed Youths in Iran

Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Islamic Republic, says his government should create job opportunities for almost five million unemployed youths in the country. Although Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised to eradicate unemployment from the Iranian community, he failed to achieve any accomplishments in this regard.

“During the last eight years, Iranian government has only managed to create less than 100,000 job opportunities. This figure shows the overall conditions of unemployment rate in Iran. At the same time, we have almost 4 million students in local universities. The problem will be aggregated, if we don’t tackle this issue as soon as possible.” Hassan Rouhani noted during a meeting with members of parliament on Tuesday.

The new president also went on to mention high inflation rate. “The current inflation rate is around 42%. No other countries in world are experiencing the similar conditions, so we have to cope with unique situations.”

Hassan Rouhani says economists, analysts and Iranian MPs should offer working and constructive proposals to the next government in the hope of addressing the current problems. “These issues cannot be tackled only by the Iranian government. All organizations, private-held companies and industries should work with each other to find the best solution.”

According to official statistics, some 3 million youths are currently unemployed in Iran. But studies conducted by private institutions suggest that Iran has more than 5 million jobless youngsters.

The economy of Iran is a mixed and transition economy with a large public sector. Some 50% of the economy is centrally planned. It is dominated by oil and gas production.

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